Spring Pasta-bilities

by Heather

These beautiful, perfect-temperature spring days are limited- they come and go before you can even acknowledge it’s really spring.

The last thing I want to do on those beautiful days is spend hours cooped up in the kitchen. {Ok, that’s the last thing I want to do any day.} It’s easy to forget delicious meals don’t have to take a lot of work. Here’s the perfect example of an easy healthy meal that tastes like it took a long time, but really all you have to do is boil water.

Spring Fresh Pasta

{choose ingredient amounts based on number of servings desired and to taste- you can’t mess it up}

Whole wheat spaghetti

Olive oil

Lemon juice

Garlic, minced



Sliced almonds



Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain water and set pasta aside. Lower temperature. In the same pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and saute for just a few minutes. Add lemon juice and thyme, and return pasta to pot. Mix and add more oil/lemon juice as needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


For asparagus, chop rough ends off. Place on baking sheet and toss in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then top with a handful of sliced almonds. Roast asparagus at 450 for 10 minutes, turning half way through.

Slice asparagus and place on top of hot pasta. Top with almonds.



Done and done!


You can recreate the same dish with any spring veggies for variety.


What’s your favorite easy-prep meal? Mine’s pasta and rice & beans!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman March 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

That sounds so good! I’d skip the garlic (can’t eat it) but just make up for the flavor by adding more lemon. I love the addition of asparagus!


AlisonM March 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Oh oh oh — I love the combo of asparagus, olive oil and lemon. With a few soft boiled eggs and some rye bread — perfect!

I also love spaghetti with chopped tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil.

In fact I love to drizzle olive oil on a lot of my food!
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Kelly March 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Sign me up! That looks delicious!


katie @ peacebeme March 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I love anything with a short ingredient list like that, where I don’t have to go buy a million things at the store…since my feet and grocery shopping aren’t friends right now. 😉
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Liz @ IHeartVegetables March 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

YUM! I love asparagus. And I like simple recipes so I don’t have to make a whole grocery run just for one recipe!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day March 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Yum…I make this kind of pasta dish very often…especially when cooking for myself. I will soon add roasted asparagus to it!


Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

That looks so simple yet so good!
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CeCe May 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for a great simple recipe. Nice fresh flavor and we served it with sauteed shrimp. Tasted great!


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