TOTAL Time: 20 Min
Prep the asparagus. Wash and trim the ends of your asparagus, then cut them into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
Cook the pasta and blanch the asparagus. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti al dente. When there is about 1-2 minutes left before the pasta is done, throw in the asparagus. Don’t let it sit in the boiling water longer than 3 minutes or it will overcook.
Remove the asparagus. Then remove the asparagus using a large slotted spoon and reserve a cup of pasta water.
Saute the garlic and asparagus. Now place a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and minced garlic. Cook the garlic for about 1 minute, then stir in the blanched asparagus.
Add the pasta and other ingredients. Using tongs, transfer the cooked spaghetti to the pan and stir as you slowly pour in the reserved pasta water. Then stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper (to taste). Enjoy