Lemon Asparagus Penne

Lemon Asparagus Penne

This week we introduce a brand new feature on Meatless Monday. Dana Kinz of To Cheese or Not to Cheese demonstrates how she makes one of her favorite summer recipes: Lemon Asparagus Penne.

  • 1/2 box penne
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small summer squash, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 sun dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
  • 4 Tbls extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 1/2 c fresh parmasean cheese, divided
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 c italian parsley for garnish, finely chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. On a baking sheet, add asparagus, broccoli, pepper and squash. Toss with 2 Tbls olive oil, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Roast vegetables for approximately 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.

3. Cook pasta according to instructions on box, set aside (save 2 Tbls pasta water for sauce).

4. Heat large skillet over medium high heat with 2 Tbls olive oil.

5. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.

6. Add garlic,spinach, and sundried tomatos and continue to saute another 2-3 minutes until spinach is wilted.

7. Season with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and dash red pepper flakes.

8. Add white wine, lemon juice & reserved pasta water and reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 5-7 minutes.

9. Add roasted vegetables to skillet and toss to combine.

10. Add 1/4 c parmasean cheese and stir to combine.

11. Add cooked pasta to skillet and toss everything together. Let simmer for a 2-5 minutes to re-heat the pasta.

12. Transfer to a large serving dish. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup parmesean cheese and parsley.

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Nutrition Information

Lemon Asparagus Penne

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  527

Calories from Fat:  173

Total Fat:  19.3 g

Saturated Fat:  4.4 g

Cholesterol:  11 mg

Sodium:  668 mg

Potassium:  1670 mg

Carbohydrates:  70.1 g

Dietary Fiber:  14.7 g

Protein:  24.2 g

Sugars:  8.7 g

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