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This asparagus pasta recipe serves up spring asparagus two ways: blended into a smooth sauce that’s tossed with fettuccine, and sautéed in bite-size pieces that get stirred into the dish just before serving. It’s an easy and crowd-pleasing way to bring the brightness of lemon and fresh, green asparagus to your table.
Vegan Lemon and Asparagus Pasta
Heat 2 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes, or until golden. Stir in asparagus, and season with salt, if desired. Sauté 2 minutes, then cover skillet, and cook 5 minutes, or until asparagus is bright green and just tender. Transfer half of asparagus to plate, and set aside.
Cook remaining asparagus 1 minute more, then transfer to bowl of food processor. Add lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 3 Tbs. oil, and blend until sauce is smooth.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot, and toss with asparagus sauce, reserved cooking water, and lemon zest. Stir in reserved asparagus, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Calories 394
- Carbohydrate Content 49 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 18 g
- Fiber Content 5 g
- Protein Content 10 g
- Saturated Fat Content 3 g
- Sodium Content 17 mg
- Sugar Content 4 g