It’s low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate andvitamins A, C and K. Additionally, eating asparagus has a number of potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, healthy pregnancy outcomes and lower blood pressure.
This is an asparagus recipe all of the family will love. You can reduce or omit all of the chilli altogether if your taste buds can’t handle the heat. Either way this recipe is guaranteed to become a family favourite.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
1 bundle asparagus
4-5 chicken thighs, cut into 6 pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
100g smoked pancetta or bacon, cubed
3-4 shallots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 green chilli, finely chopped or 1 tsp chilli powder to taste
1 tbsp rosemary, very finely chopped
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper for seasoning
300g dried spaghetti pasta
50g parmesan cheese, grated
What to do
Trim the ends of the asparagus then chop the spears into 4-5 pieces.
Fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes in a hot pan with some oil then add the pancetta, shallots, garlic, chilli and rosemary and cook over a medium heat for a further 3-4 minutes.
Add the asparagus and chopped tomatoes then simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packets instructions in boiling salted water, drain then add to the sauce, grate over some parmesan cheese before serving.
- Eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine and can help reduce bloating
- Asparagus contains vitamin K, essential for healthy blood clotting
- It is a rich source of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system
- Asparagus is a mild diuretic and is believed to help detoxify the body