With Spring just around the corner, I wanted to lighten up the flavor of this week’s Sunday sauce and this dish has all the Spring feels.
And this fresh tasting gluten-free and vegetarian pasta comes together quickly for an easy and delicious meal! It’s simply Gluten-free spaghetti, asparagus, petite peas, marinated artichokes, fresh baby spinach and fresh Parmesan in a light Lemony White Wine Sauce.
This is all you need: White wine, Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest, garlic, crushed red pepper (optional but recommended), vegetable broth, marinated artichokes, frozen petite peas, fresh asparagus, fresh baby spinach, Parmesan, salt, pepper and your favorite gluten-free spaghetti.
Here we used Barilla gluten-free spaghetti because is it what we had in the house. You can read more about our favorite gluten-free pasta brands.
This dish comes together really quickly so I recommend having everything chopped and measured out before you start.
The first thing is to quickly blanch the asparagus… I like to set the big pot of pasta water to boil, then before cooking the pasta, drop in the cut asparagus for a minute or two to get them tender and bright green. Then I scoop them out using a slotted spoon and place them in a strainer. Rather than immersing them in ice water as is traditional for blanching, I run the strainer under cold water and it works well!
Then start the sauce — simmering the garlic, a pinch of crush red pepper, white wine and vegetable broth while the pasta cooks. Just before taking the pasta out, add the artichokes, asparagus and peas and simmer. And reserve a cup of pasta water to add to the sauce as needed.
Then add the cooked pasta (very al dente because it will cook an additional few minutes with the sauce) to the sauce.
Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan and stir to combine. The spaghetti absorbs so much flavor. You can add reserved pasta water at any time to make the sauce a consistency you prefer. Lastly add in the fresh baby spinach and toss until the spinach starts to wilt. It comes together quickly for easy and yummy meal.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Inspired by a recipe from Eating Well
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