Pasta, Asparagus, and Pesto: A Hat Trick!

pesto rigatoni and asparagus

Add asparagus tips to a pesto bowl of pasta! Asparagus are in season and one of my favorite vegetables. Here’s a quick tip: When you are cooking the pasta, add the asparagus to the pasta water (six minutes after adding the pasta). This way, when the pasta is cooked, so are the asparagus. OR, if the cooking time for the pasta is ie. 10 minutes (mfr. instructions), add the asparagus to the pasta water at six minutes.

Drain the pasta and asparagus together. Add the pesto and a big handful of freshly grated parmigiano cheese, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of red chili flakes (optional. Ready to serve!

If you have leftovers, add little chunks of goat cheese! Great lunch or side for dinner!

Watch me on CHCH TV 11 on Friday @ 8:20am. for more. This will be one dish that I will be serving for my favorite crew at CHCH !

a presto,


1 comment to Pasta, Asparagus, and Pesto: A Hat Trick!


    Ciao Maria!

    I just watched your segmant on CHCH Morning Live. Everything looked delicious….biscotti, pizzelles, and amaretti….all standards here in my Canadian/Italian home too!

    And no duh……lemon with olive oil and garlic and parsley on meat is an absolute must! Thanks for sharing!

    Come on by and visit with me on my blog too if you have a minute. I’d love to have you.

    Ciao Bella!

    Creative Carmelina

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