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Pasta, Veggies and Lemon Sauce

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Where has this week gone? It seemed to fly by for me. Not a bad thing though. Nothing wrong with the weekend coming sooner, right?

My week in the kitchen this week has consisted of cooking up lots of leftovers. I took a trip to Costco last week and of course came home with large quantities of stuff…mostly produce. I can’t help myself. You get so much more for your money with Costco produce. I would love to say that I shop my farmer’s market every Saturday morning, but it just doesn’t always work out that way for me.

Anyway, back to the leftovers. Looking in my fridge and trying to make some room, I knew it was time for a few things to go. I sent out a “tweet” and was answered by my reliable foodie friend Maria with this awesome idea for dinner. I love light lemon sauces so the minute I read her recipe I knew this was what I wanted to make. Pasta is a perfect way to use up items in your fridge, especially veggies. My husband, nephew and I ate this tonight while watching the Magic in the Playoffs…they were full of compliments. Thanks for the inspiration Maria!

I needed this pasta. It was perfect.

Pasta, Veggies and Lemon Sauce
Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

1 box Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
2-3 TB Olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut in thirds
1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
thinly sliced prosciutto, roughly chopped (optional)
1 bunch of fresh spinach leaves, cleaned
pinch Red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Zest and juice of one large lemon
grated Asiago or Parmesan Cheese

Bring a big pot of water to boil. Add salt and cook pasta until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large saute pan. Add onions and cook until tender. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Add red peppers, asparagus and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add prosciutto and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Using a spaghetti spoon or tongs, transfer pasta along with some pasta water into saute pan. Add lemon zest and juice of one lemon and toss in saute pan. Top with fresh grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese.

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18 Responses to “Pasta, Veggies and Lemon Sauce”

  1. Lisa posted May 1, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I love those clean out the fridge pasta meals. Healthy and easy.

  2. Helene posted May 1, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I like those healthy meals. Nothing beats pasta.

  3. Kerstin posted May 1, 2009 at 3:16 am

    A lemon sauce is so perfect for spring and I love all the veggies in your pasta – yum!

  4. Mary posted May 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

    What a lovely way to clean out the fridge. This sounds seriously delicious.

  5. Erica posted May 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

    One of my favorite meals. Looks deicious! Happy Friday

  6. 5 Star Foodie posted May 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Delicious pasta with veggies and lemon sauce! Perfect for a busy spring day!

  7. Pamela posted May 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Yum…that looks delicious and not at all heavy. And the idea of lemon in the sauce sounds FAB to me!

  8. Sara posted May 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I want this right now. I love using up leftovers with pasta.

  9. Liz posted May 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I love how you add not one, not two, but three veggies to this dish. Looks delicous!

  10. Paula posted May 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Aggie, I can’t get your main blog page to load on my computer. 🙁 I was able to get to your comment section though, and read the post from there without the pictures. This sounds wonderful. That lemon with all those veggies and pasta is perfect for Springtime, too. YUM!

  11. Pam posted May 1, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Aggie, I can’t get to your posts either. It’s just your header and your widget showing up.

  12. Proud Italian Cook posted May 2, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Aggie, I have to totally agree with you about Costco, they have great produce, I’m always coming home with loads of stuff too! Your pasta looks great!

  13. Girl Japan posted May 2, 2009 at 3:32 am

    The plate contrasts so fabulously with your dish- Veggies, lemon sauce- DELISH, but your dishes always look fabulous.

  14. Carrian posted May 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Everytime someone says lemon sauce I decide to make it. I don’t know what it is lately, but seriously I love lemon pastas etc,.

  15. Juliana posted May 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Lemon sauce in pasta! Haven’t tried yet. Sounds and looks great. It is perfect for the warm weather.

  16. melissa posted May 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    My kind of pasta. But with even more spinach. 🙂

  17. Maria posted May 3, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it. It is the perfect light pasta meal!

  18. Mary Ann posted May 4, 2009 at 4:39 am

    This looks delicious Aggie. Nice and light for this time of year. I love all the veggies!

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