Lemon Asparagus Pasta


This appetizing asparagus pasta dish is flavored with lemon zest and lemon juice. It's easy to make and can sit out during warm weather. Can be served hot, warm, or cold.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • salt to taste

  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. Penne will still be slightly firm.

  2. Stir asparagus into the pot with the boiling penne pasta and bring back to a boil; cook until pasta is tender and asparagus is softened but still bright green, about 3 more minutes. Drain pasta and asparagus.

  3. Place penne and asparagus into a large bowl; lightly stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and black pepper until thoroughly combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
18g Fat
45g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 158mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 254mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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