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Lemon Pepper Pasta with Asparagus

One of the easiest pasta you can make is Lemon Pepper Pasta. It is laughingly simple and quick to make. You only need 5 ingredients and 15 minutes. We love to enjoy this refreshing pasta recipe with some green veggies. Our favorite version is this Asparagus Lemon Pasta. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword asparagus lemon pasta, lemon pepper pasta, lemon pepper pasta with asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 168kcal


  • 2 servings Pasta we used penne, but you can choose any other pasta
  • 2 Tbsp Dairy-free butter or olive oil
  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 1 pound Asparagus
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp Nutritional yeast optional - OR
  • 1-2 Tbsp Vegan parmesan optional


Prepare and pre-cook asparagus

  • Rinse them.
  • Snap them. Where they break, they break. You can't really snap them at the wrong place. They break where the asparagus gets woody and hard. Discard the bottom or use them in veggie stock. If you feel that the end of the asparagus is still thick after snapping, you can peel the bottom inch or two with a vegetable peeler.
  • Cut them into bite-sized pieces about 2 inches long (2-3 cm). 
  • Pre-cook them in salted water for a couple of minutes until fork tender. They don't need to be completely done and soft as you continue cooking them in the frying pan. We like them a bit crunchy.

Making lemon pepper pasta with asparagus

  • Cook pasta of your choice as per package instructions.
  • Take a frying pan or a saucepan and heat it to medium heat.
  • Add butter and wait until they melt.
  • Add the minced or finely chopped garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until they soften and get a light yellowish color.
  • Add pre-cooked asparagus, lemon juice, salt and black pepper and cook until veggies are soft.
  • Finally, add pre-cooked pasta and toss and turn. As an option you can sprinkle it with nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan. Enjoy!


Can I use white asparagus?

Yes, of course. Although you need to prepare white asparagus a little differently than the green ones. First wash them. Snap them or cut off at least 2 cm (1-2 inches) from the bottom. Peel them about 2 cm (1-2 inches) of the new bottom. They tend to be thicker, so you need to pre-cook them longer. Boil the asparagus in the water for 10 min (very thick asparagus for 12-15 min).

Can I add roasted asparagus to this pasta sauce?

Absolutely, you can roast asparagus or any other veggies separately. Add them right before serving and after you mixed the lemon butter sauce with the pasta. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1715IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5mg