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Roasted Asparagus Pesto Pasta Recipe

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Oh how I love pesto, but with a son with severe nut and chickpea allergies, I can never make it in my house. I was craving pesto last week, and explored a new way to make pesto without the nuts/peas. What I found was the most genius recipe, and oh so delicious – Roasted Asparagus Pesto Pasta!

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This is sneaky chef at its best. If your kids won’t eat asparagus – this is your solution!


  • 1 pound of asparagus. I used purple asparagus, but green will work fine.
  • 1 Package of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of basil leaves
  • 2 Tbl. of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 Package of spaghetti (your choice)
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Heat the oven to 425.

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  • On a foil lined cookie sheet, add the tomatoes and asparagus.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes and asparagus, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.

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  • While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta per the package instructions.
  • When the vegetables are done, cut the tops off the asparagus, and reserve the tops for later.
  • In a blender add the bottoms of the asparagus, cheese, remaining olive oil (you might need more) and basil. Blend until it is like a paste.

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  • Then mix pasta, sauce, tomatoes, and asparagus tops together.
  • Feel free to add more cheese if you desire – Serve!!


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