Beef & Asparagus Pasta Toss

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Total Recipe Time:  30 minutes
Makes 4 servings

1 pound Ground Beef
3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots (about 2 large)
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
1.Cook pasta in boiling salted water 10 minutes or until almost tender. Add asparagus; continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes or until pasta and asparagus are tender. Drain well.
2.Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon; pour off drippings.
3.Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat until hot. Add shallots and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add beef; toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.
4.Combine beef mixture with pasta and asparagus in large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Cook's Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving, using 80% lean Ground Beef: 657 calories; 28 g fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 269 mg sodium; 67 g carbohydrate; 34 g protein; 11.3 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 1.9 mcg vitamin B12; 6.1 mg iron; 6 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.
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