Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus

by simplylife on April 9, 2014

Since I’ve started eating more seasonally, I’ve become more aware that certain foods have an incredibly short “season.”  Asparagus is the first one that comes to mind.  I have literally been buying bunches of asparagus weekly, knowing that the season is short-lived.

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I’ve enjoyed it roasted and sautéed, over toast and under poached eggs, on salads and as sides.  This pasta dish was actually one of our favorite ways of enjoying this stalky vegetable.  It couldn’t be easier to prepare, and was the perfect way to celebrate the weather finally feeling like spring!

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Pasta with Goat Cheese and Asparagus

by Simply Life
Adapted from Elly Says Opa!

Keywords: entree side vegetarian asparagus cheese pasta spring

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. short whole wheat pasta
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 oz. goat cheese
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped
  • Fresh basil, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, in separate pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus, mix in lemon juice, cover and cook about 8-10 minutes, under tender.

3. Drain pasta. Immediately add cooked asparagus, and goat cheese, breaking it up as you stir it in with the pasta. Slowly add reserved cooking water 1 tbs. at a time, until you’ve reached desired consistency. Toss together with scallions, basil and red pepper flakes. Serve and enjoy.

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    We’ve been eating asparagus like it’s going out of style! We eat it at least two or three times a week. And I guess, it kind of is “going out of style” in a little while, isn’t it? :)
    This dish looks awesome!!

  • yummychunklet

    What a great way to incorporate asparagus. Looks so fresh and delicious.

  • itzyskitchen

    Asparagus is amazing! And I’m usually on board with anything involving goat cheese! Spring strawberries in SC are amazing- so they’re probably my favorite

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Strawberries sound so good right now!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    Mmmm asparagus pasta with goat cheese sounds delicious. I kinda want a bowl for breakfast haha. PS – I just posted a goat cheese recipe today too! :)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I love goat cheese so much, but I think it’s been about a year since I bought it! That has to change. Soon.

  • http://gobakeyourself.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    I love the wonderful asparagus with goats cheese, they are made for each other :D
    Delicious pasta!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    http://gobakeyourself.com/

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    This looks so good! I love asparagus too. I just bought baby artichokes and prepped and roasted those for the first time. Another great spring find!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! I’m hoping to get some fresh artichokes this weekend!

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