Creamy pasta with asparagus & peas

Creamy pasta with asparagus & peas

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 2
Take five ingredients and whip up this simple green vegetable fusilli supper for two, plus hit 3 of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal658
  • fat28g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 250g fusilli or your favourite pasta shape
  • 300g asparagus spear, woody ends removed, cut into lengths
  • 175g frozen pea
  • zest and juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 100g soft cheese with chives


  1. Cook the pasta following the pack instructions. Two minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the asparagus and peas. Boil everything together for the final 2 mins, then scoop out and reserve a cup of the cooking liquid from the pan before draining the pasta and veg.

  2. Return the pasta and veg to the pan 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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Comments (40)

leylarna's picture

I added grilled pepper philidelphia for a different flavour. Very tasty and simple.

kyrena-mackay's picture

Trying to understand how this is healthy? 658 calories for one meal is quite high!

brianel3's picture

Substitute the asparagus for any green vegetable that you like and which is in season!
Spice it up with any seasoning you like.
The basic principle is that it is quick to prepare, and by using seasonal, or even frozen vegetables, this is a frugal and nutritious meal.
By the way it is an excellent way to use up any cooked left-over vegetables there may be in the 'fridge.

chappers868's picture

Quick, easy, light and very nice. After reading a few comments advising it was quite bland, I decided to substitute the chive soft cheese for garlic and herb - it was lovely! Definitely needs some salt and pepper, but other than that - a quick, easy and yummy meal :)

maisiearcher95's picture

I really liked this recipe, however the portion sizes were a little too big so next time I'll be halving them. The lemon seemed to overpower a bit too much for me so I'll be putting less juice in next time but over all I really enjoyed this dish and it is perfect for a quick and easy meal if I don't want to cook one night ;)

felidae's picture

I used parsley instead of chives and mixed into philadelphia. Also added salt , pepper and a dash of olive oil to the pasta water. what really makes this recipe however is the lemon zest and juice - it really gives it a "zing". absolutely delicious and super quick and easy. definitely making this again.

philchales's picture

It was very bland so I added lemon zest, juice of half a lemon and chopped mint and it was delicious.

kirstienic's picture

We really liked this!

miriamsinead's picture

I had some asparagus in the fridge to use up so the timing of this recipe on the cover page was perfect. Having read the comments that garlic had to feature I put a large chopped clove into the cheese mixture. Still something a big dollop of Tesco fresh pesto did the trick. According to The Carnivore there are much better ways to use up asparagus. Don't think this will be on the menu again.

karinaminaya's picture

Average recipe; weird and bland flavour. I wouldn't prepare it again as I would prefer to make a better use from the asparagus. My husband liked it but my children (who are good eaters) didn't like it.

folkoono's picture

This seems a bit strange! I make something similar with goats cheese but garlic definitely has to feature.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Nothing special - pretty tasteless even after seasoning. The best thing about it was the fresh asparagus.

claribunda's picture

I agree with Jayne, the first recipe in the Cheap and Healthy section includes one of the most expensive vegetables.

I suppose cheap is relative to your budget but when I was made redundant I had to rule out most recipes that were classed as cheap because I simply couldn't make them fit into my £15 a week shopping budget!

I think most people manage on more than this, so it's all relative!

craftydawn's picture

I like quick & easy evening meals sometimes and this fits in to that category well. I found the asparagus on offer at £1 per bunch at Asda so this was cheap, I had the other ingredients already in. I find eating in season does make meals cheaper. You can use Philli cheese but I opted for French garlic roule as well as a good helping of seasoning helped this pasta dish more flavoursome. Dawn xx

rubysoho's picture

I was home alone this eve and it was an ideal dinner to make as the quantities could easily be halved. I enjoyed this. Nothing spectacular, but would make again as a quick and easy supper

dougall's picture

Bit silly putting this under cheap and healthy - to me asparagus is quite expensive??????

alisonpg's picture

Enjoyed this simple dish and it was easy to make. Would do again.

PollyChelsea's picture

I was disappointed with this dish, definitely lacking something, not sure what though :o(

PollyChelsea's picture

I was disappointed with this dish, definitely lacking something, not sure what though :o(

bumble8899's picture

cooked as usual but added a pinch of pepper and salt and it is perfect


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