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

Thyme

Asparagus

Sliced almonds

Salt/pepper

 

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.

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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.

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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! AlisonM Just blogged...From top to bottom or- From warmup to cooldown
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. ;) katie @ peacebeme Just blogged...Please…
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! Matt @ The Athlete's Plate Just blogged...Running Take-Me-Alongs
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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