Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

This Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad is delicious and refreshing, packed with fresh asparagus, sweet peas, crispy bacon and parmesan in a light lemon dressing. 

Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

In these strange times, I find myself dreaming about all things summer. Hopefully by the time summer arrives things will be back to normal and we will be going to BBQs, having pool parties and celebrating being back in public! But for now I’ll just be here eating this Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad šŸ™‚ 

This easy recipe combines bowtie pasta with asparagus and peas, marinated in a light lemon oregano dressing and finished off with bacon and parmesan cheese. It makes a great spring or summer side dish!  

Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

How to make Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

 

The great thing about this recipe is that, other than boiling water for pasta, there is no real cooking involved (except making the bacon if you are including it)! The asparagus is “cooked” in the hot pasta water after the pasta is done and you mix the frozen peas into the hot pasta to defrost. 

The dressing is so simple – olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper and oregano. The pasta salad “marinates” in the dressing for at least 2 hours, so you do have to plan a little bit. But if you are prepping this pasta salad for a party, you can easily make it a day in advance! 

The last step is to add the crispy bacon and parmesan cheese right before serving. The salad is best served chilled or at room temperature. 

 

Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

Can I substitute… 

 

YES! This recipe is very simple and forgiving you can substitute pretty much any of the ingredients and still end up with a delicious pasta salad.

Bowtie Pasta – I love bowties for pasta salad because they are fun and easy to eat with a fork! But you can use any type of short cut pasta. Penne, rigatoni, rotini (to name a few) would all work great!

Peas – I love how peas hold up in pasta salad, they don’t get mushy and they add a pop of sweetness to every bite. An easy substitute for peas is corn! 

Asparagus – To me, asparagus screams summertime, I encourage you to include it in this pasta salad because it is just so delicious. But if you don’t like it or can’t get it, you can easily substitute broccoli.

Bacon – If you want to make it vegetarian leave the bacon out entirely. 

Parmesan Cheese – Can be excluded, or substitute feta, goat or fresh mozzarella cheese if you are a little more adventurous! 

 

Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

 

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Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad


  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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Ingredients

1 pound bowtie pasta

810 stalks asparagus

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

45 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled*

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


Instructions

Cook pasta according to package instructions

While pasta is cooking, slice off the bottom inch of the asparagus stalks and discard

Chop the rest of the asparagus into 1 inch pieces

Place the asparagus in a heat safe bowl

When pasta is cooked, pour the boiling pasta water through a colander to catch the pasta into the bowl with the asparagus

Let the asparagus sit in the hot pasta water for 4-5 minutes, this will soften it enough for the pasta salad

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl

Add the frozen peas to the hot pasta, mix

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, salt and pepper

Pour the lemon dressing over the pasta

Drain the asparagus and add it to the pasta, toss

Refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day

Just before serving, mix in the bacon and parmesan cheese

Serve chilled


Notes

*You can pan fry, bake or air fry the bacon, just make sure it is crispy

  • Category: pasta salad

Keywords: #pastasalad #bowtiepasta #summerpastasalad

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