Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon

This was a recipe I partially sketched out ahead of time, and partially did in the moment. It was a nice, light dish that was filling but perfect for a warm day. If you don’t have asparagus, you could swap in a different vegetable such as broccoli. I would recommend steaming the broccoli first, then adding it in near the end.

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I apologize that the step-by-step pictures are not better. I was rushing a bit, and didn’t check how they looked, just snapped a picture and called it good. I did make the pasta from scratch, but there is no need to. You could use a variety of types of pasta. Ziti, fettucine, etc. would all work.

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Oh, and today is a special day…I am posting a non-dessert on my birthday! 😉 It is also my first birthday with a baby! Quite different. Last year, we went out to eat and I was unable to eat the homemade mayo with a dish because it had the raw egg risk. The restaurant closed and we can’t return like we hoped so that I could try it. It was a really good restaurant, too! They are supposed to open a different place, so my fingers are crossed. My other strong memory is how hard it was to sit at the table because my belly was so big.

Directions for Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon

  • Oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed and chopped
  • ½ pound ground sausage
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • ½ pound pasta
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • Juice from whole lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

 

Begin by placing a bit of oil in a large skillet, adding the asparagus, and sprinkling some salt and pepper, then turning the spears to coat them. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to cook the asparagus until it is a bright green color.

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You can continue to cook with the lid off to roast them a bit. Then, remove from the skillet. Meanwhile, begin boiling water for your pasta, and cook the pasta when ready.

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Cook the sausage in the large skillet with the shallot.

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When cooked through, add the cooked pasta, with a bit of oil if necessary. Saute the pasta until it gets a bit browned.

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Then, add the lemon zest and garlic. Stir the asparagus back in to reheat, then stir in more salt and pepper to taste, along with the lemon juice and half of the Parmesan.

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To serve, top with the remaining Parmesan.

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Directions for Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon (without pictures)

  • Oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed and chopped
  • ½ pound ground sausage
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • ½ pound pasta
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • Juice from whole lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

 

Begin by placing a bit of oil in a large skillet, adding the asparagus, and sprinkling some salt and pepper, then turning the spears to coat them. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to cook the asparagus until it is a bright green color. You can continue to cook with the lid off to roast them a bit. Then, remove from the skillet. Meanwhile, begin boiling water for your pasta, and cook the pasta when ready. Cook the sausage in the large skillet with the shallot. When cooked through, add the cooked pasta, with a bit of oil if necessary. Saute the pasta until it gets a bit browned. Then, add the lemon zest and garlic. Stir the asparagus back in to reheat, then stir in more salt and pepper to taste, along with the lemon juice and half of the Parmesan. To serve, top with the remaining Parmesan.

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2 thoughts on “Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon

  1. Happy happy Birthday!! Our birthdays aren’t too far off — mine is July 6. I also thought you cooked something similar to what I just posted because our pics are kind of alike. So we’re definitely on the same wavelength!!

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