This healthy spring pea and asparagus pasta is bursting with seasonal flavor and is perfect for an easy week night dinner! Kid approved as well!

two bowls of spring pasta with peas and asparagus

One of my favorite go to meals during the week is pasta, and this healthy spring pea and asparagus pasta just blows it out of the park! What can I say, I’m Italian 🙂

Filled with seasonal vegetables, and bursting with spring herbs, this pasta with asparagus and peas is about to become your new go to weeknight meal. It’s even great for kids!

In this recipe, I’ll go over exactly what you need and even give you a few tips on how to properly cook garlic and how to cook asparagus on the stove top! Let’s get started!

bowl of pasta with asparagus and peas

Why I love this healthy spring and pea asparagus pasta

This spring pasta with asparagus and peas is one of my all time favorites. It reminds me of this pasta dish I always used to get as a kid at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in town.

One of my favorite pasta shapes is angel hair, probably because I loved that a food was called angel haha! The pasta that I used to have as a kid was made with angel hair, peas, asparagus, and prosciutto.

fork twirled with angel hair pasta with peas and asparagus

I wanted to make this pasta vegetarian at the least, and also able to easily be made vegan if need be, so my childhood favorite definitely inspired me, but I might even love this version better!

What really makes this healthy asparagus pasta with peas so dang good is in the combination of garlic and chives. I love spring for this reason- all of the herbs are really able to shine through, and the produce is just so good!

It’s also such an easy week night meal for when you just want some good comfort food but don’t want to take a long time to make it 🙂

Let’s dive into what you need and then I’ll go over how to cook asparagus (because that seems to be everyone’s question!).

fork twirled with pea and asparagus pasta

What you’ll need

Asparagus: tis the season! I love spring and summer because all of the best produce comes back into season! The farmer’s markets are finally vibrant again, and everything just looks and tastes more colorful. When in season, I love getting asparagus at the farmer’s market because to me, it’s so important to support the local economies when that’s an option to you. I know not every region has farmer’s markets, so if you don’t, no worries- you’re doing the best you can! However, if you have a local farmer’s market, definitely check it out because honestly, the food just tastes GOOD!

Peas: well, pea and asparagus pasta calls for peas, right?! I used to abhor green peas as a kid ha! I guess that’s every kid, huh? We just don’t like being told what to do! However, if I had this pasta with asparagus and peas as a kid, I’m sure I would have no qualms about eating it! Maybe that’s because I was obsessed with parmesan cheese as a kid (what can I say, I’m Italian ha!), but this pasta would have been the golden ticket to getting me to eat peas!

marble slab with peas, asparagus, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan

Pasta: I love using angel hair pasta with this recipe, but feel free to make asparagus and pea orecchiette, or maybe even penne! Any pasta shape would be great here 🙂

Olive Oil: we’re getting reallyyyyy Italian over here haha! Olive oil and pasta and garlic and parmesan?! Might as well be in Italy 😉 One can dream, okay?

Garlic: now, I’m going to go over a tip I learned recently from a chef on how to properly cook garlic, but for now, I’ll just say that it’s so important to get fresh garlic! Sure, you can make your life a *tiny* bit easier by buying it minced, but come on- we want all the rich flavors right?! Go for the whole clove, and trust me on this!

Chives: I just love using chives! They’re such a wonderful herb! You can also add in some parsley if you’d like, but definitely use the chives. They’re so good here!

Parmesan: now this cheese is optional, so people who can’t do dairy, don’t worry! The parmesan is not crucial to the recipe (whereas the peas and asparagus…kindaaaaa a big deal when making pea and asparagus pasta haha!). However, I’m just obsessed with parmesan, so I top all of my pasta with this ha! If you’re going for the parm, try freshly shaved or grated rather than ground- it is so good!

pasta tossed in pot with asparagus and pea

How to cook asparagus and peas

Now the key to this healthy asparagus pasta with peas is how we sauté the vegetables. Because let’s be real, it’s pretty easy to cook the pasta, but the real magic happens with what you put onto the pasta, right?

First, we mince our garlic, heat a medium pan with the olive oil on medium heat, and sauté the garlic. To cook the garlic, here’s the trick: we don’t want to brown it. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t the way to unlock the most garlic flavor!

Low and slow is the name of the game. So once the oil is heated, lower the heat to medium/low or even low if you have time and let your garlic cook covered. This will only be a few minutes, 5 minutes max.

Your garlic will look slightly translucent and will be so aromatic.

saute pan with peas and asparagus

Then we add in the peas and the asparagus! Many people actually search quite often how to cook asparagus, and it’s quite simple on the stove top.

Asparagus is generally stiff and tough, unless you’re roasting it, so when sautéing it, you’ll look to the tips to see if they’re done. They’ll look slightly wilted and the skin of the asparagus is going to be slightly softer than when raw. That’s how you know your asparagus is fully cooked!

Sauté the peas and asparagus with the garlic, and once done, add in the chives and pine nuts, and cook for a few more minutes. Once done, remove from heat and prepare your pasta.

boiled pasta in colander

Now I actually cook the pasta at the same time as the vegetables, but not everyone likes to worry about timing like I do haha so feel free to just cook your pasta directly after your veggies! The peas and asparagus will still be warm, as angel hair pasta cooks fast, so all you’ll do is strain the pasta, place it back into the pot, and add your veggies.

Everything will be nice and warm still, perfect for a healthy spring dinner!

pea and asparagus pasta with parmesan

I hope you love this pea and asparagus pasta recipe as much as I do! If you like this recipe, I know you’re going to love these other ones for some variation:

Tahini Buddha Bowl

Healthy Paleo Vegan Alfredo

Paleo Lasagna

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

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bowl of pasta with asparagus and peas

Healthy Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This healthy spring pea and asparagus pasta is bursting with seasonal flavor and is perfect for an easy week night dinner! Kid approved as well!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 box organic angel hair pasta, use gluten free if needed
  • 1 tbsp organic olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: grated parmesan to top

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Add in minced garlic and sauté on medium/low heat until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Bring heat to medium, and add in peas and asparagus. Cook until asparagus tips are wilted and skin is soft. 
  4. Add in chives, pine nuts, sea salt, and pepper, reduce heat to medium/low, and cook until aromatic.
  5. Remove pan from heat and cover to stay warm while cooking pasta.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add pasta to the pot. 
  7. Follow pasta directions on box, add in a little sea salt and olive oil to keep pasta from sticking.
  8. Strain pasta in a colander and add pasta back to pot.
  9. Add in peas and asparagus to pot and toss until well combined.
  10. Divide into 4 bowls and top with parmesan and extra sea salt and pepper if desired.

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