Asparagus Noodles with Pesto

Asparagus Noodles with Pesto

These tender asparagus noodles are light, refreshing and super simple to make.


  • 1 pound jumbo asparagus
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more for topping


  1. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus stalks. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus into thin wide ribbons. (The last strip of asparagus will be a little thicker than the others but it’s fine to use.)

  2. Pulse the basil, parsley, pine nuts, capers, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a food processor until coarsely ground. With the machine running, drizzle in 1/4 cup olive oil and process until the pesto is mostly smooth.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus noodles, red pepper flakes and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the asparagus is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Add the arugula and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; add the pesto and 1 tablespoon water and toss to coat. Stir in the lemon zest and season with salt. Top with more zest.


Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

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