Asparagus Pasta is a delicious recipe, with some power-packed nutritious foods to keep us strong and healthy!
Asparagus is a nutrient-packed vegetable. It is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.
What you’ll need to make Asparagus Pasta:
1 or 2 bunches of thin asparagus spears
375g dry pasta, wholemeal or pulse pasta is best
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup water
1 tbsp oil
3 large cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
½ cup baby spinach
2 tbsp basil
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
spray cooking oil
Break off woody end of the asparagus spears. Spray spears with oil and grill until tender and slightly charred. Remove from grill and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss in a bowl with half the lemon juice
Cook the pasta according to the packet and drain
While pasta is cooking, combine oil with garlic and sweet chilli sauce in a large non-stick frying pan. Cook over low heat until garlic is fragrant for about 5 minutes.
Add water and remaining lemon juice, and bring to the boil. Add grilled asparagus and drained pasta, and toss over the heat
Transfer to a bowl. Add basil and spinach, and toss again. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy! Serves 4
Energy 1552 kJ (371 Cal)
Protein 12g (13%)
Carbohydrates 67g (76%)
Fat 5g (11%)
For other pasta recipes see: Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta