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Asparagus pasta with feta cheese on a plate with feta piece and a glass of white wine

ASPARAGUS PASTA WITH FETA CHEESE

Sylia
If you love asparagus and you need them creamy to pair with your favorite pasta in just 20 minutes, this Mediterranean asparagus pasta with feta cheese is your perfect weeknight dish for an easy, delicious dinner. There will be no end pieces on the plate for sure.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound (500g) asparagus, tender parts, trimmed and peeled, cut into 2-3 inch pieces (*1)
  • 1 pound (500g) linguini or any pasta of choice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 2 cups (300g) feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

FOR SERVING

  • Thyme lemon, finely chopped or lemon zest
  • Chives (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all ingredients and place them near the stovetop.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta stirring occasionally. Immediately stir in asparagus stalks and cook along with pasta for 3-4 minutes. (*2)
  • Meanwhile, in a big skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Use a slotted spoon to transfer asparagus stalks from the pasta pot to the skillet. Add the garlic, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes (optional) and the wine. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Season with pepper. You may skip salt because feta cheese contains a lot.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and immediately stir in feta cheese crumbles. Stir lightly to melt feta cheese.
  • Pasta should be ready by now (follow cooking time according to package directions). Use a pasta server to transfer the cooked pasta from the pot to the skillet. Reserving some of the pasta water if you want to thin out the feta cheese sauce.
  • Place the skillet again on the stove over low heat and toss well to coat for about 2-3 minutes. Add some pasta water to thin out if you prefer. Don’t overcook it.
  • Remove from heat and serve hot topped with more crushed red pepper flakes (optional), thyme lemon or lemon zest and chives (optional).

Notes

NOTES:
*1. See the instructions above for asparagus preparation.
*2. Alternatively, you may prepare pasta ahead of time and blanch the asparagus in the water. Keep the asparagus warm and drain the pasta. Keep 2 cups of pasta water. When you are ready start making the feta cheese sauce.
Keyword Asparagus pasta with feta cheese