Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta
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I love podcasts. Everyday I usually find time to listen to a few. They are the perfect company for when I am cooking and baking. When I was a kid, my parents would always listen to Minnesota and Wisconsin public radio. At that time, I found lots of the shows to be kind of boring, but I always loved listening to the shows on Saturday. Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion were perennial faves of mine. (I was born a nerd…what can I say?)

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Today I am SO happy that many of my favorite shows can be found as podcasts. A few of my favorites these days are This American Life (of course!), Radio Lab, Freakonomics, Note to Self, and Hidden Brain.

Recently, it seems like the topics on some of these podcasts have had to do with the idea of self-improvement. Always striving to improve can be exhausting, don’t you think? I should know, I always seem to have some kind of current obsession that fits into self-improvement or life-balance somehow. Some days I rock it and feel like I can conquer anything. Some days I feel like I am treading water without using my arms. In shark infested waters.

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

One of the things I do strive to do to help maintain some type of sanity in my crazy life is menu planning once a week for the following week. In fact, I enjoy it. Scrolling through my Pinterest account and cookbooks looking for something to catch my eye is something I look forward to. I try to choose specifically some ingredients that I already have and that are in season. It’s a fun challenge!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

I don’t mind complicated recipes, but I try to be smart about what I choose to put on my menu when planning. Maybe one more complex recipe. An easily adaptable salad. And something super easy that is a cinch to throw together and also makes perfect leftovers. Like this recipe. The best thing about it is you can substitute different veggies depending on what is in season.

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta - A Simple Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus stalks, tough ends removed and chopped into approx. 2 in pieces.
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • juice and zest of one lemon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Prepare vegetables by tossing with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. While vegetables roast, prepare pasta.
  4. Remove from oven and toss with remaining ingredients.
  5. Enjoy!
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