Broad Bean & Asparagus Penne

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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This simple spring pasta dish will keep the whole family happy. Mint adds freshness to the creamy sauce. Broad beans are also known as fava beans in some areas.

recipe updated Feb 3, 2020


  • Asparagus icon
    500g (about 3¾ cups)
  • Water icon
    as needed
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Penne icon
    300g (about 3½ cups)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    4 tbsp (59ml)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Fresh broad beans icon
    Fresh broad beans
    250g (about 1 cup)
  • Double cream icon
    Double cream
    75ml (75ml)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    75g (about ½ cup)
  • Mint icon
    4 tbsp (7g)


  • kCook icon Broiler
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Saucepan
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat broiler - high heat
  2. Add water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  3. Boil
  4. Add penne to the pasta
  5. Cook until al dente
  6. Add asparagus to a clean baking sheet
  7. Brush with olive oil
  8. Season with salt & pepper
  9. Broil in broiler - approx 8 min, high heat
  10. Add water and salt to a clean saucepan
  11. Boil
  12. Add fresh broad beans to the beans
  13. Cook - 2 min, high heat
  14. Drain
  15. Drain pasta
  16. Add double cream to the pasta
  17. Transfer beans to pasta
  18. Transfer roasted vegetables to pasta
  19. Add parmesan cheese and mint to the pasta
  20. Season to taste
  21. Serve
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