Who doesn’t need a good pasta recipe in their life? I know I always do! And with Memorial Day around the corner that can only mean one thing. Swimming, summer, and BBQ’s! YEEEEEEEEEEES.
Are we really here? End of May, almost June. Summer? It’s happening, and I think I’m ready.
I’m definitely much more ready with this recipe in my back pocket. Quick, easy, and bright flavors make for a great BBQ side dish, picnic lunch, or even dinner!
Spring asparagus is booming right now and I’m taking full advantage. And don’t even get me started on cherry tomatoes. They’re like little candies in my mouth!
You probably already have most of these ingredients in your kitchen! So throw this together, grab your bathing suit, sunglasses, and a towel and I’ll see you poolside.
- 12 ounces dried penne pasta
- 12 ounces asparagus trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 12 ounce jar marinated artichokes, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice about the juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a couple large pinches of salt and add the asparagus. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to scoop them out and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water. Drain asparagus and set aside. Bring the same pot of water back to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package, about 10-11 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and oregano.
3) Once pasta is done cooking, drain and pour into large serving bowl. Toss pasta with a tiny bit of the dressing just so it doesn't stick together as it cools. Let pasta cool for at least 10 minutes. Then add the asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes, and the remaining dressing. Toss until pasta is well coated. Serve room temperature or cold!