Asparagus, chilli & feta farfalle on a white plate

Asparagus, chilli & feta farfalle

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2

A simple, budget pasta dish with a touch of chilli, squeeze of lemon and fresh basil. Add a drizzle of oil and sprinkling of feta cheese to serve

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal656
  • fat28g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs73g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre9g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.6g
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  • 200g farfalle
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 250g asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into small pieces



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced



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

  • handful basil leaves
  • 30g pine nuts, toasted
  • 50g feta, crumbled



    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Tip in the pasta and cook for 1 min less than pack instructions.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in the garlic, chilli and a pinch of salt, and fry for 1 min until fragrant. Add the asparagus and lemon zest, and cook for 4-5 mins until the asparagus is just tender.

  3. Drain the pasta and tip into the asparagus pan. Add the lemon juice, stir through the basil, grind over some black pepper, then divide between bowls. Top with the pine nuts, feta and a drizzle of oil to serve.

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Emily K-O's picture
Emily K-O
3rd Jun, 2020
Really enjoyed by all. I went heavy on the garlic.
24th May, 2020
Quick easy and full of flavour. I used lime zest and juice instead of lemon as that was what I had in the fridge, and to get a few more veggies in there I added broad beans (shells removed) at the same time as the asparagus, and cherry tomatoes before serving. Worked perfectly!
jaded84's picture
25th Apr, 2020
A tasty simple pasta. I didn't have the nuts so added more feta with live oil. I will try them next time
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