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Spaghetti With Asparagus and Lemon

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.

Health APRIL 2012

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 2 1/4 cups)
  • Cook time: 13 Minutes
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Total: 23 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbohydrate: 89g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Calcium: 218mg

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