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Lemon Asparagus Bowtie Pasta Salad

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes



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


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


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

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: pasta salad

Keywords: #pastasalad #bowtiepasta #summerpastasalad