Quick-and-Easy Asparagus and Salmon Pasta

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Healthy Recipe with Asparagus

Quick-and-Easy Asparagus and Salmon Pasta

Just put a pot of water on the stove to boil the minute you walk in the door, and you’re practically half-way done! The asparagus and pasta cook in the same water, then all ingredients (only seven in total) end up in a few easy swirls in a skillet.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Continental, Fish, Gourmet, Italian, Mediterranean
Yield: 2 people


  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 8 ounces pasta ( whole-weat) uncooked (preferably bite-sized pasta like rotini)
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces salmon filets
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • black pepper fresh ground


  • Remove tough ends from asparagus, and cut asparagus on diagonal into 1-inch pieces.
  • Boil asparagus in pasta pot for 1½ to 2 minutes. Lift asparagus from boiling water with large slotted spoon and immerse immediately in cold water. Cook pasta in the same boiling water that cooked the asparagus.
  • While the pasta cooks, lightly spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray, and sauté the garlic and pepper flakes on medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the salmon, breaking it down into smaller pieces as it cooks, about 6 to 8 minutes. Then, add cooked pasta, asparagus, lemon juice, and black pepper to taste. Stir to blend. Serve.