Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Pesto

Cam and I were home alone for a few days.  Cooking for just the two of us is always a challenge, especially since he is now in a grilled-cheese-for-every-meal phase.  At least he wants to make them with me (he is finally wanting to cook again!)

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One of the few other foods I can still get him to eat is pesto. He removed the asparagus (he is 4, after all) but devoured the pasta and peas, declaring it delicious!  So, I had a tasty dinner and he ate something other than grilled cheese.

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My cooking pictures are using quantities for two people, I have included the recipe for 4 servings.  For the leftovers, I added in some sun-dried tomatoes, another fun way to eat this.

Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Pesto

12 – 16 ounces pasta

1 lb asparagus (from Farmer Kim)

1 cup peas, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup pesto (I used garlic scape pesto with pistachios, any pesto would work well)

Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, for serving


Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions.  With 4 minutes left to cooking, add the peas.  Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water.

While the pasta cooks, cut the asparagus into 1-inch pieces, steam for 3 minutes.

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Place the pesto in a large bowl.  Add the asparagus.

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Drain the pasta and peas and add to the bowl.  Mix well to coat all with the pesto.  Add some of the reserved pasta water if more liquid is needed.

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Serve with grated cheese.

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Serves 4.

Categories: Asparagus, Kosher, Main Dish, Pasta, Pesto, Recipe, Vegetarian | Tags: | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Pesto

  1. Great pasta post and thank you gor linking my blog to your site.

  2. Sounds delicious. And thanks for adding a link to my pesto.

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Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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