Recipe By Sonya
Published Jul 10th
Yummy Summer Pasta
Prep 20m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 40m
Servings 4 servings Calories 463.1

Fresh snap peas and asparagus lighten up a pasta dinner! We serve this with sliced grilled chicken.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (13.25 ounce) package whole wheat rotini pasta
  • ½ pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (8 ounce) package sugar snap peas, ends and strings removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the whole-wheat rotini at a boil until just beginning to become tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus and snap peas and cook until vegetables are bright green and pasta is tender, about 3 more minutes. Drain pasta and vegetables, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Transfer rotini, asparagus, peas, and the cooking water to a large serving bowl and keep warm.
  2. 2 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until barely golden, 10 to 12 minutes; stir in lemon juice and lemon zest and cook until lemon zest is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. 3 Toss onion mixture, Pecorino Romano cheese, and basil into the pasta and vegetables; season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 463.1
  • Carbohydrate 80.6 g
  • Cholesterol 15.5 mg
  • Fat 8.8 g
  • Fiber 10.8 g
  • Protein 21.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.3 g
  • Sodium 479 mg
  • Sugar 2.1 g


  1. An interesting combination though we found it a touch bland. I like the suggestion from another reviewer to add butter and garlic and I may add more basil and cheese next time.
  2. I love both asparagus and peas so I was excited to try this. This was very good, but it might have been a bit bland if I hadn't added 1 Tablespoon butter and 3 cloves garlic. With these additions, it was quite good and as pasta goes, it should be even better tomorrow. Thanks for - Read more ...
  3. I didn't have the peas or basil on hand but made this with all the other ingredients and loved it!