Asparagus Pasta Salad With Lemon


Cook the pasta and asparagus in one pot to reduce prep time.

Asparagus Pasta Salad With Lemon
Photo: Dana Gallagher
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

Some popular go-to recipes aren't super fancy, but they combine just the right mouthwatering flavors and become a weekly staple we start to crave. This penne pasta dish pairs the subtle bitter taste of asparagus with zingy lemon and rich nutty Parmesan.

If the lemon flavor is overpowering, balance it with some fresh garlic or skip the lemon zest altogether (but keep the fresh lemon juice). Also, toss in some grilled chicken or shrimp to add more protein and make this a complete meal.


  • 8 ounces (1/2 box) penne

  • 1 pound asparagus (ends trimmed), cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup Parmesan pieces (1 ounce)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Cook the penne according to the package directions, adding the asparagus during the last 3 ½ minutes of cooking.

  2. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Transfer the penne and asparagus to a large bowl.

  3. Add the Parmesan, oil, lemon juice and zest, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and toss to combine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
10g Fat
44g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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