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Spaghetti With Asparagus and Lemon

Photo: Jonathan Kantor
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 13 mins
Total time 23 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/4 cups)
All you need are noodles, olive oil, and asparagus with a squeeze of lemon to create this simple, tasty meal of Spaghetti With Asparagus and Lemon.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-pound) box whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 (1-pound) bunch asparagus
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 500
  • fat 9.2 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 23 g
  • carbohydrate 89 g
  • fiber 15 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 581 mg
  • calcium 218 mg

How to Make It

  1.  Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water; reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. While pasta cooks, grate zest from lemon and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice into a small dish. Trim asparagus; peel into ribbons with a vegetable peeler.

  2.  Return pasta to pot; toss with asparagus, lemon zest and juice, 1/4 cup cheese, oil, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper, and enough pasta water to make a thin sauce. Divide among 4 bowls; top each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.