Pasta with Goat Cheese & Asparagus

1 pound asparagus
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
1 pound fettuccine
5 ounces plain goat cheese
2 tablespoons butter
salt & pepper to taste

Scrape and trim the asparagus. Slice into 1/4 inch lengths. In a kettle bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Add the fettuccine, boiling vigorously for 9 to 12 minutes. Drain the pasta.

Melt the butter in the kettle and add the asparagus. Saute for about 1 minute and add the fettuccine, goat cheese, chives, salt & pepper. Pour in the reserved water. Toss well and serve.

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