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Asparagus Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes

Julie Wunder
This Asparagus Pasta recipe with tomatoes is light, flavorful, and tasty - perfect for a spring or summer dinner.  Simple ingredients like olive oil, garlic, basil, parmesan, and toasted pine nuts shine in this delicious vegetarian pasta dish will have everyone asking for seconds.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 384 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces penne pasta, about 2 cups dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1 inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • 1 cup shaved Parmesan
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil pasta according to package instructions to al dente. Drain and reserve ½ cup pasta water.
  • Over medium heat in a large skillet, sauté the garlic in the olive oil for 30 seconds 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.
  • Add the pasta, pasta water, vegetable mixture, and basil. Mix until well combined.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in most of the cheese and pine nuts, leaving a small amount of to top the dish with. If the dish seems dry add a few more tablespoons of pasta water.
  • Pour the Asparagus Pasta recipe in a bowl and top with the rest of the cheese and pine nuts.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
Tasty Additions: Red Pepper Flakes, Lemon or Greek Yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 16gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 512mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1596IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 323mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Asparagus Pasta Recipe
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