Roasted Asparagus Lemon Butter Pasta Salad

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
A simple butter roasted asparagus pasta salad, tossed with sun dried tomatoes, fresh lemon, and parmesan. A delightful cold pasta salad that everyone will love!
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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of fresh asparagus, about 20-24 spears
  • 6 cups bow tie pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil, from the jar of sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds for garnish, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash and chop the asparagus into one-inch pieces. Toss them with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Dot the asparagus with the butter. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • In the meantime, cook the pasta in salted water. Cool the pasta completely by running under cold water. This helps to remove the starch from the pasta.
  • Add the cooled pasta and asparagus to a large bowl. Add the sun dried tomatoes, the oil from the sun dried tomatoes, the green onions, parmesan, parsley, lemon zest and juice, and the oil/butter mixture from the baking sheet. (Use a rubber spatula to scrape the oil and butter from the baking sheet into the bowl.) Toss all of these ingredients together. Season with more salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
  • Pile the pasta salad into a large serving bowl and garnish with sesame seeds, parsley, and more parmesan if you wish. Serve.
  • Pasta can be stored in air-tight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days.