Lemon Pasta with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Onions

I love experimenting with pasta because the possibilities are endless when it comes to sauces and toppings. I would have to say that pasta dishes are my favorite “go to” meals because as long as you have some noodles on hand, you can make delicious tasting pasta with just a few extra ingredients.

With spring on its way, I’ve been on a massive asparagus kick. I bought a huge bundle of asparagus the last time I went to the store and I have been adding it to all sorts of dishes ever since. I’ve been trying to create a variety of dishes with it and it just so happened that the other day I was in the mood for a great pasta dish. I perused my refrigerator and cabinets to take inventory on what I had in stock. It turns out I had Ziti, Baby Bellas, a red onion and a lemon…the perfect ingredients for a delicious pasta dish.

Lemon Pasta with Asparagus, Mushrooms and Onions


  • 1 lb Ziti noodles
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • 1 container of sliced Baby Bellas
  • 7 stalks of asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare Ziti noodles according to the directions on the box.
  2. While noodles are cooking, saute onions and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil. Once the onions start to become translucent, add asparagus to pan and add a touch of salt, pepper and lemon zest. Continue sauteing for a few more minutes until asparagus reaches the desired texture (I like asparagus a little crunchy so I only saute for a few minutes).
  3. Toss the pasta and sauteed vegetables together, add some Parmesan cheese and serve warm.

On a side note, be sure to stop by The Confident Mom’s blog today to check out my monthly guest post featuring Spring Berry Parfaits!


  • Reply Michelle April 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Love to use Baby Bellas! This sounds absolutely scrumptious!

  • Reply Tracy April 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I am looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into my meals. This looks wonderful!

  • Reply Julia April 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I LOVE lemon pasta. I mean LOVE it. And with the veggies and parm, sweet, now I am craving pasta. YUUUUMMM!

  • Reply Appetite for Conversation April 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I have a lemon tree loaded with fruit, so I just might try this soon!

  • Reply Maria April 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Love this fresh pasta dish!

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck April 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

    This is my favorite kind of pasta dish – light and loaded with fresh flavors.

  • Reply Jenny April 20, 2010 at 3:08 am

    What a gorgeous pasta dish!! Love it!!

  • Reply Maggy @ Three Many Cooks April 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    This looks delicious….fresh and full of flavor. I love asparagus too!

  • Reply Mushrooms Canada April 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Mmmm I love mushroom with asparagus, and a hint of lemon. Great photo too! Thanks for sharing.
    – Brittany

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