This is a great meal by itself, or served alongside fish. Leave out the parmesan cheese, and serve it with simple chicken too.
1 Box angel hair pasta
½ Bunch asparagus, cut diagonally
3 Cloves garlic
1 Pinch salt & pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of water to boil. When boiling, salt generously & add the angel hair pasta.
The pasta should take around 7 minutes to cook. A few minutes in, put the cut asparagus in a deep metal collander, & sit it in the pot of pasta, so that some water comes up into the collander, doubling as steaming the asparagus.
Alternatively, you can just add the asparagus into the pot with the pasta -it only needs a few minutes to cook- & then fish them out with a spider or slotted spoon. Shock the asparagus by transferring them to a bowl of cold water.
In a large saute pan heat 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium heat. Grate the garlic cloves with a Microplane directly into the pan (this is essential, in my opinion, because you don't want to bite into a piece of garlic).
Add a pinch of salt, & parsley, and stir. Add the asparagus & then the pasta (for this recipe, I only used enough pasta for tonight, for the 2 of us) & stir all together. Sprinkle parmesan over the pasta when serving.