Cooking with Wine: White Wine Pasta with Asparagus

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White Wine Pasta with Asparagus

This simple yet flavorful dish is the perfect way to highlight the beautiful complexities of a good white wine sauce.


  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 10-15 thin asparagus stalks trimmed and cut in 2 inch pieces
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the penne according to package instructions.
  2. While the penne is cooking, heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add asparagus and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high and add butter, white wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then and simmer for 5 minutes until sauce has reduced by half.
  4. Drain pasta and add to the pan. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with parsley, parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

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