1poundasparagustough ends trimmed, and sliced on the bias into 1-2 inch lengths
¼teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions until al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add asparagus and sauté 4 minutes. Mix in garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are tender, about 6 minutes.
When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and toss pasta with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Add tomato mixture and toss again. Garnish with basil and serve.