Fresh Tomato and Asparagus Whole Wheat Pasta with Pine Nuts

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Fresh Tomato and Asparagus Whole Wheat Pasta with Pine Nuts

Fresh spring vegetables shine in my Healthy Tomato and Asparagus pasta recipe!

Tomato and Asparagus Pasta recipe

Hi friends!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Looking for something festive?  Check out my Healthy & Skinny Shamrock Shake or my Greenest Green Salad with Homemade Green Goddess Dressing.  I hope you have something fun planned today.

With spring officially arriving Sunday, I’m slowly starting to crave more fresh food and spring vegetables.  I’m envisioning many dinners outside on the deck with huge portions of fresh veggies.  I’m planning on starting as soon as it gets warm enough and enjoying it through fall.  Eating dinner outside for most of last summer with the Hubs was such a joy. Since my work schedule was so bad before, it was the first year I was able to do that routinely.

This dish is perfect for those lazy meals outside.  Asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable, so I decided to use it in a simple and healthy tomato and asparagus pasta recipe.

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I used whole wheat penne pasta and packed the dish with fresh vegetables to keep it on the healthier side.

The sauce is simple with garlic and cooked down tomatoes in vegetable stock.

It really allows the fresh ingredients to shine, so only buy the best for this dish!

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It’s finished with salty Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts and slivers of fragrant basil.

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Can’t you just imagine serving a big bowl of this for dinner outside in a few weeks?  I can’t wait!

Fresh, Healthy, Vegetarian Tomato and Asparagus Pasta recipe / Running in a Skirt

Fresh Tomato and Asparagus Pasta recipe

Fresh spring and summer vegetables shine in this healthy pasta dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean


  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, about 2 cups dried
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup shaved Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • Boil pasta 1 minute less than package instructions to al dente. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Over medium heat, saute the garlic in the olive oil for 1 minute just until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
  • Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of the salt and pepper.
  • Add the stock and allow to simmer. Cook for another 3 minutes or until stock starts to reduce.
  • In a pasta bowl, add the pasta, pasta water, vegetable mixture and half of the cheese, basil and pine nuts. Mix until well combined.
  • Top with the rest of the cheese, basil and pine nuts.
  • Serve immediately.


Makes two large portions or four smaller ones.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Like it?  Don’t forget to pin to favorite Pinterest board.  Thank you so much! xoxo

Fresh, Healthy, Vegetarian Tomato and Asparagus Pasta recipe


Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’m sharing my favorite most-wearable fashion trends for the spring season, including some of my top picks.

I’m linking up with: Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah, Meatless Monday with AnnmarieDelicious Dish TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ WednesdayFull Plate Thursday with Miz Helen, FoodFriDIY,  Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck.  Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!

Your turn!

What is your favorite spring vegetable?

By | 2018-06-28T14:10:18-04:00 March 17th, 2016|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|42 Comments


  1. […] Fresh Tomato & Asparagus Pasta with Pine Nuts […]

  2. Mandi Korn March 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Looks yummy, you use all my favorite spring time ingredients, thanks for sharing

  3. Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple March 22, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Oooh yum!! I always forget how much I love asparagus. This looks like the perfect combo with the fresh basil and pine nuts!

  4. Michelle March 22, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

    That looks delish!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll definitely add this to my recipe list!!

  5. Rachel March 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply


  6. Miz Helen March 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I just love your fresh dish, perfect for a spring day! Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  7. yum all about the asparagus and pasta over here! Thanks for linking up!

  8. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy March 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    This looks so light, fresh, and yummy! Love the addition of the pine nuts. 🙂

  9. Jess @hellotofit March 21, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Thanks for linking up!! This screams SUMMERTIME to me 🙂 YUM.

    • JulieWunder March 21, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Me too! Thanks Jess! Now if only it would warm up again.

  10. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition March 21, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    This looks great Julie! I love the addition of the pine nuts. I don’t use them often but love them when I do!

    • JulieWunder March 21, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Me too! They can be pricey, so it’s a special occasion thing but they sure are good!

  11. heather brown March 20, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I’ve never used asparagus IN something. I’ve always eaten it on the side. I might just have to switch it up and give this a try! Thanks, Julie!

  12. Pragati // Simple Medicine March 20, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I love how simple this dish is! Perfect for a week night 🙂

  13. I love using asparagus in pasta dishes! This recipe is a total winner in my book! 😀

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2016 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Lauren. Hope you are doing ok this weekend.

  14. Annmarie March 18, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    This looks so yummy! I put asparagus in pasta all the time but never think to add pine nuts, so yummy!

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      I don’t use them all the time b/c the are pricey, but I sure do love them! Nice treat.

  15. [email protected] March 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Pine nuts are delicious in pasta dishes like this one!

  16. love to cook down the tomatoes into my pasta too! Simple but yummy

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2016 at 10:53 am - Reply

      I feel like we totally have the same cooking vibe 🙂

  17. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style March 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I need to make this this weekend! These are all my favorites. I love adding some pine nuts to pasta dishes.

  18. Jenn - a traveling Wife March 17, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

    You are speaking my language right now. I love all things pasta with simple sauces because, let’s face it, pasta is rich enough. 🙂 I have been craving pasta so hard for weeks!!

    • JulieWunder March 20, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      It is! I tried to make it as healthy as possible for pasta 🙂

  19. [email protected] March 17, 2016 at 8:52 am - Reply

    This looks like such a delicious springtime meal! Pinned!

  20. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy March 17, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I am loving this summery pasta dish. I just want to sit outside in the garden and eat it in the sunshine 🙂

  21. Susie @ SuzLyfe March 17, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Just the THOUGHT of fresh basil and tomato and asparagus gets me excited!

  22. Blane Sherer March 17, 2016 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Looks tasty.
    I do especially like asparagus and tomatoes.
    Happy St Patrick’s Day ! ( smile )

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