Spring Pasta with Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes
When stuck in a rut with pasta and basic tomato sauce, turn to veggies.Sautéed in a little olive oil with lemon juice, this combination is great as a "sauce" on its own. It's a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of spring and get some color into your family's diet. Make it a gluten-free option by using gluten-free pasta.
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Total: 17 Minutes
- Calories: 218
- Calories from fat: 0.0%
- Fat: 5.1g
- Saturated fat: 2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 1.7g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
- Protein: 9.8g
- Carbohydrate: 35g
- Fiber: 3.3g
- Cholesterol: 6mg
- Iron: 2.3mg
- Sodium: 371mg
- Calcium: 141mg
- 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups (1/2-inch) sliced asparagus
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
- 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2.25 ounces grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (9 tablespoons)
- 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or small basil leaves (optional)
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons cooking liquid; return pasta to pan.
- 2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add asparagus, lemon rind, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; sauté 1 minute or just until tomatoes begin to soften. Add reserved cooking liquid, tomato mixture, remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt, and pepper to pasta. Toss well. Spoon 1 cup pasta mixture into each of 6 bowls, and sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
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