This pasta with asparagus and sun dried tomatoes is a quick and easy spring pasta dish featuring sautéed asparagus and finely minced sun dried tomatoes, tossed with a flavorful lemon basil dressing.
With asparagus season winding down, I thought I’d share one more asparagus recipe. This is a quick and easy recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes. Sautéed asparagus is tossed with pasta, minced sun dried tomatoes, a dusting of parmesan cheese and a lemony basil dressing.
Asparagus comes in many sizes – from thick to thin. I used a thick asparagus in this recipe. If you are using a thinner stalk, you’ll need to cook it for less time. I always thought that a thick stalk of asparagus meant that it had grown for a longer time than the thin kind. It turns out it’s the age of the asparagus crown – the root bed of the asparagus plant. The older the crown, the bigger and thicker the stalks of asparagus.
I have a love hate relationship with sun dried tomatoes. I love its robust taste, but I hate how chewy it can be. Then I realized I just needed to finely mince the sun dried tomatoes and that eliminates the chewy problem. Sun dried tomatoes come in two forms – oil packed or dried. I find the oil packed ones quicker and easier to work with so that’s what I used in this recipe.
A couple of notes:
- Like all fast pasta recipes, the key is to do all the prep work first. So while the water is coming to a boil, chop, mince and grate all the ingredients and have them all prepped and ready to go.
- I used a thick asparagus stalk. If you use the thin kind you will need to cook the asparagus for a shorter amount of time. You want the asparagus to be tender but not overcooked.
|Pasta with Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes|| |
- 2 cups uncooked pasta - about half a box of pasta - I used rigatoni
- 1 veggie bouillon cube
- 1 bunch of asparagus - about 1 to 1½ pounds - tough ends snapped off - cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic - minced
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 to 3 tbs sun dried tomatoes - I used the kind that was packed in oil - minced
- ¼ to ⅓ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
- ½ large lemon - about 1½ to 2 tbs of lemon juice
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 small garlic clove - put through a press or finely minced
- 1 to 2 tbs finely minced fresh basil
- 5 twists of pepper from a pepper mill
- A pinch of salt
- Prep all your ingredients as you bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Snap off the tough ends of asparagus and discard. Cut the asparagus into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
- Finely mince sun dried tomatoes and set aside.
- Grate parmesan cheese and set aside.
- Mince garlic and set aside.
- Mince basil and set aside.
- Make dressing by whisking together lemon juice, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 clove of minced garlic, minced basil, black pepper and salt. Set aside.
- Once the water is boiling, add pasta and bouillon cube. Cook according to package instructions.
- While the pasta is cooking, add 1 tbs olive oil to a large sauté pan over high heat. Add cut up asparagus, two cloves of minced garlic and red pepper flakes to the sauté pan. Stir for one minute over high heat, turn down heat to medium low, cover sauté pan with lid and cook asparagus for 4 minutes - stirring occasionally.
- When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the asparagus. Add minced sun dried tomatoes and lemon basil dressing and stir until combined. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and gently toss before serving.