A spring-inspired recipe for Spring Pesto Pasta with Asparagus. This simple vegetarian pasta uses a homemade, garlicky almond and kale pesto sauce that pairs perfectly with asparagus, peas and penne noodles for a dinner that’s gluten free, dairy free, and easy to make.
All the pasta, please!
Is there a better night of the week than pasta night? Taco night, maybe? But more often than not I’ll be reaching for my fork and oversized pasta bowl and serving myself enough noodles to feed a party of three.
Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
And I definitely can’t help myself when pasta night is Spring Pesto Pasta night with garlicky, almond and kale pesto, tender crispy asparagus, bright peas all over penne noodles.
MORE ABOUT THIS SPRING PESTO PASTA RECIPE
Did I mention the garlicky almond and kale pesto? It’s far from a traditional pesto but just as delicious. It may seem like an odd combination (and let’s be real – this was a combination that was put together simply because it was the only combination, as almonds, kale and a scant cup of parsley were the only ingredients left in the fridge after a long, busy week) but it’s one that we couldn’t stop eating.
Parsley (leaves, stems and all), kale, roasted almonds, garlic, a little bit of fresh lemon juice, balsamic vinegar (the real star here!) and olive oil make a crazy-good, super nutty, really bright and delicious sauce for any pasta but definitely for a short-cut penne and lots of spring veggies.
The asparagus – simply sauteed up in olive oil until just tender then finished with a splash of lemon juice and some peas (peas have a super short season where I live so I pretty much always use frozen). Then asparagus and peas meet sauce.
One last quick note on this pesto sauce: It’s a hearty pesto sauce. And by hearty, I mean thick and creamy and thick. I L.O.V.E. it this way – more herbs and greens and flavour per bite. If you like a more delicate pesto sauce use a little more oil when making it, don’t quite use the whole batch and thin to desired consistency with starchy cooking liquid.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do! If you give this Spring Pesto Pasta a try let me know in the comments below and be sure to share a picture on Instagram using the tags @alwaysnourished and #alwaysnourished. I love to see what you’re cooking!