Meatless Monday: Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs

This entry was posted on Apr 6, 2015 by Charlotte Bell.
Meatless Monday: Refresh Your Palate with a Spring Pasta Dish

There’s nothing more elegant than pencil-thin spring asparagus. Of course, asparagus is always a treat for those of us who love it, but there’s something extra special about the early spring variety. While asparagus is great lightly steamed on its own, it’s fun to pair it with other complementary flavors.

This pasta recipe is very simple to make and with the addition of lemon zest, very refreshing. You can, of course, use gluten-free pasta if you are sensitive to gluten. Happy Meatless Monday!

Linguine with Asparagus, Lemon and Spring Herbs

from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme, sage, or tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 1/2 pound linguine
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted in a skillet
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • Freshly grated Parmesan

While water is heating for the pasta, heat half the oil and butter in a wide skillet over low heat.  Add the scallions, lemon zest, thyme, and a few pinches salt and cook slowly, stirring occasionally. 

Meanwhile, slice 3-inch tips off the asparagus, then slice the remaining stalks diagonally.  When the water boils, salt it, add the asparagus, and cook until partially tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Scoop out, add the scallions, and continue cooking.  Cook the pasta, then add it to the pan with some of the water clinging to the strands.  Raise the heat and stir in the remaining oil, the pine nuts, parsley, chives, pepper to taste, and a few tablespoons cheese.  Divide among pasta plates, grate a little cheese over each portion, and serve. 

About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.

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