asparagus lemon pasta

June 3, 2013

in healthy, Main Dishes, Recipes

{meatless monday}

yes!!!! asparagus is in season.

i love asparagus.

like little trees that just taste so good.

have you made your way down to your local farmers market?

asparagus lemon pasta

well if not you need to. you can get a bounty of local asparagus. i just picked up 4 pounds.

come wednesday….asparagus will be filling my reusable shopping bag AGAIN.

you are going to be seeing several asparagus recipes if all goes well in the tasting and trying of new recipes.

another + for asparagus is my boys like it. one of the green vegetables they will just eat up.

asparagus lemon pasta

now this recipe – in my opinion – is perfect for spring summer time.

it is light. it is fresh.

the flavor of the lemon and asparagus together is such a healthy tasting pasta. i would for sure make this again for the family.

boys ate it right up!

asparagus lemon pasta


•1 lb asparagus

•1 lb linguine

•3 tablespoons unsalted butter

•3/4 cup milk

•2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest – from about 3 lemons

•1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

•3/4 teaspoon salt

•1/3 cup basil, finely chopped fresh leaves

•1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated



Break the ends off the asparagus. Rinse the asparagus well. Cut into ½ inch pieces.

Steam asparagus for about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water so the asparagus stops cooking. Set aside.

Cook linguine to listed directions on box. Set aside ¼ cup pasta water. Drain.

In a deep skillet heat butter over low heat. When butter is melted add milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pasta water.

Add pasta and asparagus to sauce and cook over medium heat, tossing ingredients together. Cook until heated through. Add basil and toss well. Serve in pasta bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan.



now i found this recipe at…they claim it to be the “best asparagus lemon pasta”

this is my first time making this so i could not make claim to the best…maybe in months or years to come i can throw a best on a title :-)

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

How can you go wrong with asparagus + lemon + pasta?! You just can’t. 😀 I love this recipe!
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anotherbiteplease June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I agree Kiersten…all 3 = perfect dinner combination.


jackie @ marin mama cooks June 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Angela! Asparagus season starts out a bit earlier here in California, like February so we have had our share of asparagus. Eli keeps asking when asparagus season is going to be over, as he’s so over it! I just love it and could eat it year round or every day. This pasta looks divine girl! It sort of reminds me of my broccoli lemon pasta. I might have to give this a try one night and see if the lemon helps Eli to like the asparagus a bit more! Hope you’re having a great Monday! I’m having one of those spectacular ones! Everything is just in alignment today. I love when that happens :) xoxo, Jackie
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anotherbiteplease June 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

it is funny where you live at in the states and what is in season..we just got some baby carrots at the farmers market and the boys were loving just eating them with the green tips on – love that farm freshness! Broccoli – that is yet another favorite veggie of mine…i will try your version for sure!


Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) June 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

Asparagus season is HERE! I love it. So fresh and green and delicious!


anotherbiteplease June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

i love this time of year…well i will say it again for tomatoes…and brussels sprouts :-)


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