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Lemon Asparagus Pasta

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

25 minutes

Yield

4

This fresh, delicious lemon asparagus pasta is a great dish for any time of the year. You get the freshness, and zest of the lemon, that compliments the asparagus so well in this creamy, garlic pasta. I really think you’re going to love this one!

Lemon asparagus pasta on a white plate with a fork

Why you’ll love this lemon asparagus pasta: 

  • Vegan: This recipe is completely vegan but can also be made vegetarian if you don’t have dietary restrictions 
  • Quick: Make this recipe in 35-minutes 
  • Flavorful: The garlic and lemon add so much to the creamy sauce in this lemon asparagus pasta 

Ingredients for lemon asparagus pasta

Ingredient Notes: 

Asparagus: Low in calories but a great source of nutrients such as fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C & K. I love cooking with asparagus. I find it so flavorful and it’s easy to find no matter what time of year. 

Nutritional Yeast: This is a go-to in your pantry if you are plant-based, but also is great for anyone. Nutritional yeast is highly nutritious. It can be used to add extra protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to meals. It has a cheesy taste too so it can be great to use in replacement of parmesan cheese.

Lemon asparagus pasta on a white plate

How to make lemon asparagus pasta: 

1. Cook spaghetti as per instructions on the package. Make sure to generously salt the boiling water.

Onion and garlic frying in a pan with oil

2. In a large pan, heat olive oil and butter on medium-low heat, till the butter is melted. To the pan, add the onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until tender and translucent.

Fresh asparagus in a frying pan

3. To the pan, add the asparagus, capers, salt, and pepper.  Stir till combine and cook for another 5 minutes until asparagus becomes more tender. Now, add the lemon zest and juice.  Stir again and place the lid on the pan for 2 minutes.

Pasta in a pan with nutritional yeast on top

4. To the pan, add the cooked pasta, nutritional yeast, and reserved pasta water.  Using tongs, stir till perfectly creamy, adding more pasta water as desired to reach your favorite consistency.

5. Serve immediately! Enjoy!

Asparagus being cooked in a pan with lemon zest being added

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

How can I make this gluten-free? If you are gluten-free, use gluten-free noodles.

What can I add to this pasta? Add protein of choice to this pasta. You can add in chickpeas if you’re plant-based, or you can throw in chicken. 

Storage: Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge. 

I don’t like asparagus: No problem! You can swap it for any other green veggie you like. Try broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, etc. 

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Lemon Asparagus Pasta

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Vegan Meals
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Inspired, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This fresh and creamy lemon asparagus pasta recipe combines the zest of lemon and the delicious flavor of garlic and asparagus.


Ingredients

Scale

spaghetti of choice of 4 people (around 200g)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. vegan butter

1 medium-sized red onion, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 head of asparagus, tough stems removed, and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup capers, strained

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

zest of 1 lemon, around 1 tbsp. or so

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/4 cup reserved pasta water


Instructions

Cook spaghetti as per instructions on the package.  Make sure to generously salt the boiling water.

In a large pan, heat olive oil and butter on medium-low heat, till the butter is melted. To the pan, add the onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until tender and translucent.

To the pan, add the asparagus, capers, salt, and pepper.  Stir till combine and cook for another 5 minutes until asparagus becomes more tender. Now, add the lemon zest and juice.  Stir again and place the lid on the pan for 2 minutes.

To the pan, add the cooked pasta, nutritional yeast, and reserved pasta water.  Using tongs, stir till perfectly creamy, adding more pasta water as desired to reach your favorite consistency.

Serve immediately! Enjoy!


Notes

If you are gluten-free, use gluten-free noodles.

Add protein of choice to service.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 325
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 829.7mg
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.3g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 12.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: recipe, creamy, garlic, best, delish

Brittany

This pasta dish was so delicious!! I will be adding it to my regular dinner rotation for sure.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yaya!!! I am so excited you loved this!

Sandra

You had me at capers! So easy yet satisfying, made my Sunday! Saved to my favorites…

Maria Koutsogiannis

thanks so much for the love!

Michelle Nelson

So delicious! I would make this again and again. Lots of flavour with little ingredients, perfect.

Maria Koutsogiannis

yesss isnt it so special!

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