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Pasta with roasted asparagus

Recipe Information

Servings 7
Preparation Time 18 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes
Total Time 30 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Main Ingredient Penne Pasta
Category Pasta
Meal Dinner
Type Main Dish; Side Dish
Cook Method Roasting; Saut�ing
Diet Heart Healthy; High Fiber; Low Calorie; Low Cholesterol; Low Fat; Low Sodium; Vegetarian


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, tough ends removed and stalks cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil 

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta 

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

  • Pinch of red pepper flakes 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

  • 1 ounce reduced-fat goat cheese, crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated



  • Preheat the oven to 450�F.

  • Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and pour over the asparagus.

  • Place the asparagus onto a baking sheet, taking care to spread the spears out into a single layer. Place the baking sheet into the oven and roast the asparagus until brown (approximately 7-8 minutes).

  • In a large pot, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Once tender, drain the pasta into a bowl.

  • While the pasta cooks, add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Saut� the onion and garlic until the onions begin to soften (approximately 3 minutes). Add the walnuts and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with red pepper and parsley.

  • Add the pasta to the vegetable mixture, then top with roasted asparagus, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. Toss to combine.

  • If desired, add salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 200 cal

  • Total fat: 7g

  • Saturated fat: 1g

  • Trans fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 5mg

  • Sodium: 45mg

  • Carbohydrate: 30g

  • Dietary fiber: 5g

  • Sugars: 3g

  • Protein: 7g