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Lemony Vegetables and Pasta Recipe

Lemony Vegetables and Pasta Recipe

My refreshing pasta dish comes together in 30 minutes. Its simplicity and flavor combinations are typical of authentic Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD: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 peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the asparagus, red pepper, onion, oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese, sour cream, lemon juice and peel; 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. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 4986347 104588
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"I love this dish! Perfect for summer."

dxstephe User ID: 6547845 150773
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Very easy to prepare, enjoyable meal without meat"

mdipilato User ID: 1222782 77652
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

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

SadieGrace User ID: 2352322 164857
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"delicious! kids and adults asked for seconds!"

operababie1 User ID: 3922241 150612
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

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


Wag234 User ID: 1949114 95706
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

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

myfbil User ID: 99818 95700
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2009

"Sounds delicious! I will try this recipe."

Francie21 User ID: 3757672 104582
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

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

SusanMarie1956 User ID: 2906299 96979
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009


~ Susan"

RD2Cook User ID: 1012768 126086
Reviewed 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."

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