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Lemony Vegetables and Pasta

My refreshing pasta dish comes together in 30 minutes. Its simplicity and flavor combinations are typical of authentic Italian cuisine. Buon appetito! —Erin Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, red pepper, onion, oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, garlic and pepper flakes until blended. Whisk in broth until blended. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese, sour cream, lemon juice and zest; heat through. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add cheese sauce and asparagus mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pistachios, basil and additional cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 366 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • egglestona
    Apr 30, 2014

    I love this dish! Perfect for summer.

  • dxstephe
    Mar 9, 2012

    Very easy to prepare, enjoyable meal without meat

  • mdipilato
    Sep 7, 2010

    Can I have the nutritional information? It is very good...

  • SadieGrace
    Nov 24, 2009

    delicious! kids and adults asked for seconds!

  • operababie1
    Apr 2, 2009

    Yum this sounds wonderful. I will have to make it.Shannon

  • Wag234
    Mar 23, 2009

    This was very good. I added chicken (chopped)to it. The red pepper flake definitely gives it a little kick!

  • myfbil
    Mar 23, 2009

    Sounds delicious! I will try this recipe.

  • Francie21
    Mar 21, 2009

    Thank you for posting this recipe, I will fix it tonight, sounds sooooo goood!

  • SusanMarie1956
    Mar 20, 2009


  • RD2Cook
    Mar 16, 2009

    EXCELLENT! Easy to prepare and tastes great, two of my favorite things in a recipe. I will make this one again and again.