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Simple but Spectacular: Asparagus Pasta With Butter Sauce

With spring in full swing, it’s time to bring in the fresh produce full force: bountiful greens, juicy strawberries, tart rhubarb, and bold asparagus (especially asparagus!).

If you’re ready to embrace the flavors of the season, this veggie-packed, whole-grain pasta recipe is just what you need!

Asparagus Pasta with Butter Sauce

Simple is always better

When it comes to cooking with fresh spring produce, I live by one motto: Simple is always better. My spring cooking is a complete contrast to that of my heavy, winter cooking, with minimal ingredients and produce as the center.

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As it pertains to this pasta, heavier sauces (like tomato-based or cream-based sauces) easily cover the delicate taste of the asparagus, so I stick with butter.

I think butter is highly underrated in terms of using as a star ingredient. The butter plays perfectly with the just-cooked asparagus and garlic (because I’m the type of person where no meal would be complete without garlic).

Asparagus in Butter Sauce

Feel free to also change up the cheese a bit. A nice goat cheese or even a few slices of hard cheese, like asiago, go well with the dish. And if you want to feed a crowd, just multiply the recipe for however many people you need!

Asparagus Pasta with Butter Sauce and Feta Cheese

Asparagus pasta with butter sauce recipe

Serves 2


  • 6 ounces pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ pound asparagus
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce feta
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1:

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Measure in pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 2:

Cut asparagus, on the bias, into ½” pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add olive oil followed by the asparagus pieces. Cook until asparagus is tender and starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for another minute more.

Step 3:

Lower heat to low and add butter, letting it melt completely. Stir in cooked pasta and feta then finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and salt/pepper to taste.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and was updated in March 2018.

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