Vegetable Corkscrews

Corkscrews with Vegetables

1 bunch leeks (about 1 pound)

1 package (16 ounces) corkscrew or bow-tie pasta

1 tablespoon margarine or butter

1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces

1 package (4 ounces) soft goat cheese, cut into small pieces

Cut off roots and leaf ends from leeks. Discard any tough outer leaves. Cut each leek lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide slices. Place leeks in large bowl of cold water; with hand, swish leeks around to remove any sand. Transfer leeks to colander. Repeat process, changing water several times, until all sand is removed. Drain well.

In large saucepot, prepare pasta in boiling salted water as label directs.

Meanwhile, in nonstick 12-inch skillet, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in asparagus, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper; cook 5 minutes longer, stirring often. Add 1/3 cup water; cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes, until asparagus is tender-crisp.

Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. Return pasta to saucepot. Add asparagus mixture and pasta cooking water; toss well. Spoon into large serving bowl; sprinkle with goat cheese and coarsely ground black pepper.

Makes 4 main-dish servings

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