Cheesy Asparagus Pesto Pasta Recipe

There is a quick and easy recipe for Cheesy Asparagus Pesto Pasta that only needs nine ingredients. It takes a traditional Italian sauce and adds healthy asparagus to it.  


– 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed – 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted – 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving – 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped – 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice – 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil – 1 pound uncooked pasta of choice

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to boil. Place 2-inch asparagus pieces in boiling water for 1 minute, then drain and rinse under cold water. Keep the salted water boiling.  

Step 1


Keep some asparagus tips for garnish. Mix the remaining asparagus, toasted pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender.   

Step 2

Once the components are combined for 10–15 seconds, slowly add the olive oil while the blender is running, scraping down the sides as needed. Add pesto to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. 

Step 3

In boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Toss the pasta, pesto, and saved asparagus spears in a large bowl. Sprinkle Parmesan over and serve.  

Step 4


– Calories: 516kcal,  – Carbohydrates: 61g,  – Protein: 14g,  – Fat: 25g,  – Saturated Fat: 4g,  – Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g,  – Monounsaturated Fat: 15g,  – Cholesterol: 4mg,  – Sodium: 96mg,  – Potassium: 367mg,  – Fiber: 4g,  – Sugar: 4g,  – Vitamin A: 617IU,  – Vitamin C: 6mg,  – Calcium: 103mg,  – Iron: 3mg

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