I love the British asparagus season, it just tastes so fresh and lovely and at the moment I am throwing it into everything I can. The original recipe doesn't have any pasta in it but it works as a pasta salad and was really tasty.
Creamy Crab and Asparagus Pasta Salad (adapted from Rachel Ray Magazine)
60g dried pasta shapes
4-5 stalks of asparagus, woody ends removed and cut into 1in pieces
1 tsp chopped chives
1 heaped tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp ketchup
squeeze lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/2 tin white crab meat
Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Adding the asparagus for the last 2-3 mins. Drain, run under the cold tap and drain again well.
In a bowl, stir together the chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice and ketchup. Add the pasta, asparagus and crab and toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Pack into a lunch box or serve.