Quick and easy pasta with Asparagus

Asparagus is back in season here in the UK, so I imagine there may be a few recipes zinging your way in the next few weeks that include those wonderous green stalks… And what a better way to begin than with a simple pasta dish that is not only delicious but also cheap and easy to make.

Creamy Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Creamy pasta with peas and asparagus

This recipe was adapted from a recipe in the March issue of BBC Good Food. I made it more diabetic friendly by using extra-low fat cream cheese with garlic and chives instead of the full fat variety.

  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 15 mins


  • 250g/9oz pasta (any shape will do)
  • 300g/11oz asparagus spears, cut into lengths and woody ends removed
  • 175g/6oz frozen peas
  • zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 100g/4oz soft cheese with chives


  1. Cook the pasta following the instructions on the pack. Two minutes before the end of the cooking time add the asparagus and peas.
  2. Before draining the pasta take a small cup of the cooking liquid from the pot.
  3. Return the pasta and veg to the pot and add the lemon zest, soft cheese and seasoning. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the cooking liquid to loosen the sauce.





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