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Pasta with Asparagus and Pine Nuts

Pasta with Asparagus and Pine Nuts

Lemon and dill provide sparkle in this fresh, light dish perfect for the plentiful asparagus season, and garlic adds healthful benefits.

You can throw this recipe together very quickly, giving you more time to enjoy the spring weather. Fast, tasty and appealing!

1/2 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 pound thin asparagus, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 pound pasta (this recipe recommends farfalle, but use any type you fancy)
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Zest and juice of one fresh lemon
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1. Lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Reheat the skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and asparagus, and cook until the asparagus is slightly tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until it is al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and place it in a large serving bowl with the asparagus and pine nuts.

4. Add the remaining olive oil, the dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from Pasta for All Seasons by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Pasta for All Seasons by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2000).

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6:36AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Thank you.

1:38AM PDT on May 14, 2013


6:00AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:09PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

This looks very tasty. Asparagus is now at its prime of the year.

4:25PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013


7:40AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

This sounds delicious! And it looks easy to decrease recipe if cooking for one or two. Thanks.

10:35PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Thank you :)

6:06PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

I'm not a pine nut fan, but I'd sure try this recipe without them. Thanks.

12:18AM PST on Dec 5, 2011

Thanks for posting.

12:35AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Great recipe. I love asparagus. Thanks.

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