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Lemon Asparagus Pasta Shells

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 17:39:57-04
  • 1 lb. whole grain pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, torn
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped, toasted  (optional)
  • No Salt Seasoning and Pepper, to taste

Cook pasta shells according to package directions, omitting the salt. When draining pasta, reserve 1 cup of cooking water.

Bring a large skillet or Dutch oven up to medium-high heat. Add canola oil; sauté the garlic and asparagus with no salt seasoning and pepper for 3-4 minutes or until asparagus has slightly softened. Add the drained pasta and pasta water to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and tomato to the mixture. Cook 1 minute. Turn off heat. Add Parmesan cheese, basil and nuts, if using. Taste, add additional no salt seasoning and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately.