Asparagus, Goat Cheese & Lemon Pasta

*adapted from Smitten Kitchen*

This meal was divine. I found this recipe on pinterest via smitten kitchen and it was a huge success. I figured it would be since it has some of my favorite ingredients, plus it took about 15 minutes to throw together. It doesn’t get much better than that on a Thursday night. So…make it.

  • 1 lb. pasta (I used penne)
  • 1 lb. slender asparagus spears, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish
  • 1 4- to 5-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (the pre-crumbled stuff will not melt as well)
  • Fresh lemon juice to taste (I used half a lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta in a large pot of well-salted water until it is almost tender, or about three minutes shy of what the package suggests. Add asparagus and cook until firm-tender, another two to three minutes. Drain both pasta and asparagus together, reserving one cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile combine olive oil, lemon peel, tarragon and cheese in a large bowl, breaking up the goat cheese as you put it in. Add hot pasta and asparagus to bowl, along with a couple slashes of the pasta water. Toss until smoothly combined, adding more pasta water if needed. Season genersously with salt and pepper, and lemon juice if you feel it needs a little extra kick.

*Quick tip – this didn’t reheat as well as I’d like (I’m a huge fan of leftovers) so make sure to eat it soon after you make it.



  1. Elizabeth

    This was fun to make and tasted wholesome! I would use less lemon juice next time but will definitely make it again — perhaps for an outdoor brunch in the spring. Glad I pinned it!

  2. Vincenzo Peat

    One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases. ”

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