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Lemon, Garlic, and Asparagus Warm Caprese Pasta Salad

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars

"There are so many reasons I love this recipe. Caprese salad has to be one of my favorite summertime treats. There is nothing like a summer tomatoes' sweetness mixed with the peppery sweetness fresh basil offers, the zing of lemon and richness of garlic. It is SO good."
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40 m servings 446
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  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, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. Place asparagus into a saucepan, add a little water, and place over medium heat; cover pan and let asparagus steam until bright green and tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
  3. Heat olive oil with butter and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter melts; cook and stir shallot in hot oil and butter mixture until it just begins to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir garlic into shallot mixture and cook until shallot and garlic are opaque, 3 more minutes. Stir asparagus and chicken into mixture; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  4. Toss pasta with chicken and vegetables to combine; mix tomato and basil into salad and serve warm.


  • Cook's Note:
  • There are so many options with this dish. Many vegetables would taste fantastic added to the mix; broccoli would be awesome. I'd love to hear the different combinations you come up with.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 446 calories; 17.6 60 15 23 54 Full nutrition

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Delicious! Very bright and colorful dish (see photo). The only thing I did differently was to add some chunks of mozzarella to bring it closer to a real caprese recipe. It would be just as good ...

It was very good! I did add cubed mozzarella like another reviewer suggested. I added sausage instead of chicken.

I subbed the chicken breast for chicken,spinach and asiago sausages, fried and chopped, I used the tiny tomatoes, halved, bc it's what I had, and I didn't have any asparagus (refuse to buy it, t...

Loved the recipe when i saw it. Put it on my short list. Only tweaks i made were adding shrimp cooked in a butter lemon sauce along with the chicken... and sriracha for some kick in the end. 4 ...

I made this recipe using the guidance from other reviewers, so included fresh mozzarella and reduced the amount of pasta per serving. I increased the amount of tomato and given that it is wint...

I loved this recipe! I made it as written and would definitely make this again. I would use a little less pasta and more asparagus. The flavors were perfect!!

Changed a few things , I made it with spaghetti instead..roasted the tomatoes and adds another level of flavor.. Used 2 shallots 5 cloves of garlic and marinated the chicken in le...

This was very good. I was limited by the ingredients I had on hand, and this made a nice base to work from. I was out of butter, so I used Coconut oil along with lemon juice as written. I had...

Used 1 1/2 pkg of Purdue short cut Chicken- tossed them in at the end to heat up and ate as a pasta meal. Thought it needed more seasoning so next time will add more basil, tomatoes and some re...