A quick midweek vegetarian pasta dish with asparagus and a creamy lemon sauce. I always use organic lemons whenever I use the zest.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
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Directions

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  • Zest and juice 1 1/2 lemons. Cut remaining lemon half into wedges and set aside.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.

  • While penne is cooking, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pot over medium heat and cook asparagus until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from pot.

  • Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter and heat until a pinch of flour sprinkled into the pot will just begin to bubble. Whisk in flour to form a thick paste the consistency of cake frosting. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes. Whisk in cream and vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Stir lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley into the sauce; season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Add asparagus and heat through, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and penne to the sauce and pour in some of the reserved cooking water. Serve with shaved Parmesan and lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

811 calories; protein 24.8g; carbohydrates 103.8g; fat 37.2g; cholesterol 108.1mg; sodium 512mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2020
Very good lemon sauce. Easy. I didn't have cream so I used milk. A little thinner than a cream sauce but I still licked the pan Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2019
We loved this recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2020
Very good lemon sauce. Easy. I didn't have cream so I used milk. A little thinner than a cream sauce but I still licked the pan Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2019
Made only the sauce from this recipe as I was looking for a lemon sauce for a dish I was making. It is delicious!!! I made it exactly as it is noted above we absolutely loved it! Thank you for posting Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2021
yummy. I cooked the asparagus in the butter but added a teaspoon of bacon grease. I will definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2020
Loved it! Read More