Spaghetti With Asparagus and Lemon

Photo: Jonathan Kantor
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.


Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/4 cups)
Total time: 23 Minutes

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 13 Minutes
Total: 23 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.