Asparagus Pasta

5 from 7 reviews

A quick and easy light Asparagus Pasta with grated Parmesan Cheese, fresh herbs, and lemon zest.  It is the perfect accompaniment for all your summer grilling. 


  • 1 lb. fettuccine 
  • ¼ -⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion quartered and sliced 
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus cut in 1 ½ inch segments
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼½ teaspoon red pepper flakes to taste
  • ⅓ cup grated fresh Parmesan Cheese
  • 810 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 11 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the pasta al dente according to the package directions and drain well.
  2. Meanwhile heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes or it starts to brown on the edges. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes or until crisp tender. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic cooking for 1 minute while stirring continuously. Take the vegetables off the heat.  
  3. Toss the cooked pasta and cooked vegetables together with remaining olive oil. Add the red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese, basil, thyme, and lemon zest and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 


  • Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Al dente means slightly firm when bitten.
  • Trim the tough ends off the bottom of the asparagus.  I usually trim about 1 1/2 inch off the bottom of each stalk.
  • Use grated fresh Parmesan Cheese for the best flavor.
  • Season to taste with red pepper flakes, thyme, basil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
  • Fresh herbs are a must in this flavor packed pasta. Other fresh herbs that work well include rosemary, Italian parsley, and dill.
  • This pasta is best served promptly while everything is hot and freshly tossed.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave at a reduced power. 

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