Roasted Asparagus Pesto with Pasta

This Roasted Asparagus Pesto with Pasta recipe is perfect with Chickapea because it complements the pasta’s natural nutty flavors with the addition of walnuts and a topping of toasted pine nuts.  The spirals are perfect to absorb the creamy sauce!

Roasted Asparagus Pesto with Pasta | Chickapea Pasta


As soon as the asparagus was ready at my local farmer’s market I knew I had to do something special with pasta and roasting it with lemon and garlic seemed to be a natural.  I used walnuts in this pesto but you can use the traditional pine nuts or even almonds.

Asparagus at Barrie Hill Farm

Now that the warmer weather is here, I want quick and easy recipes that will still include all the necessary nutrients. A vegetarian, gluten-free meal is super simple to create when I use Chickapea.  Not only does it provide the protein but I’m a little obsessed with textures in my food and this dense texture means I’m getting more bite for my buck!

Pesto with roasted asparagus and walnuts

I love pesto and have created many different kinds but this one is now my favorite.  The roasting makes all the difference and takes only 20 minutes then into the food processor.

Chickapea pasta with roasted asparagus pesto

We need to make the most of asparagus during it’s short season!  Make a double batch on try it on chicken – it was delicious!

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5 from 10 votes
Roasted Asparagus Pesto with Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This Roasted Asparagus Pesto with Pasta is perfect with Chickapea because it complements the natural nutty flavors with the addition of walnuts and a topping of toasted pine nuts.  The spirals are perfect to absorb the creamy sauce!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 469 kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason
  • 8 ounces Chickapea Pasta. I used spirals but all shapes would work.
  • 1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into one inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Cook pasta according to directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain, rinse immediately and set aside.

  2. Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet with roasted garlic.  Roast at 350 F for 20 minutes.

  3. Heat small saute pan and toast pine nuts until brown.  About 3 minutes.

  4. In food processor, combine basil, cheese, walnuts, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the juice from half a lemon, asparagus and garlic (peeled) until smooth and creamy.

  5. In a large bowl combine pasta and pesto, tossing well to coat spirals. Add 1/2 cup of pasta water if extra creaminess is desired.
  6. Top with chopped tomatoes and toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

I doubled the pesto recipe and used it on chicken the next night.  Delicious!

Chickapea Spirals with Pesto - a quick, protein packed meal ready in 30 minutes.

  • Regina
    Posted at 14:31h, 04 June Reply

    Wow that asparagus market stand looks awesome!! I wouldn’t have been able to resist either. What a perfect recipe for summer produce

  • Rachael
    Posted at 22:46h, 31 May Reply

    well this sounds like a beauty springtime recipe! I never would have thought of asparagus pesto!

  • Lorena
    Posted at 07:03h, 31 May Reply

    I love the combination of pasta and asparagus. So summery 😍

  • Claudia
    Posted at 02:56h, 31 May Reply

    It sounds so very delicious and I love all kind of pesto and pasta dishes! I will sure try this, recipe is stored on my Pinterest Board 😉
    Thanks Claudia

  • Marcie
    Posted at 23:01h, 30 May Reply

    Asparagus is my favorite spring veggie and this is one brilliant way to use it! Love this dish Robyn!

  • Trish
    Posted at 18:38h, 30 May Reply

    Asparagus pesto sounds so perfect for this week! Totally making this. 🙂

  • Dana
    Posted at 17:13h, 30 May Reply

    Look at those gorgeous stalks! If this recipe doesn’t scream for spring, then I don’t know what does. Also, I love the addition of walnuts. I put walnuts in pretty much anything I can these days. I’m all *hearteyes* over here!

  • Sarah Kesseli
    Posted at 17:03h, 30 May Reply

    We love anything that pairs asparagus and chickapea pasta together!

  • Tania
    Posted at 16:06h, 30 May Reply

    Yay! Asparagus is my favorite! I have a whole bunch waiting in the fridge right now. Thanks for a great idea!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 14:35h, 30 May Reply

    This is such a great recipe! The asparagus pesto combo is perfect!

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 13:19h, 30 May Reply

    This looks so delicious!! I love pesto!

  • Michelle Higgins
    Posted at 12:46h, 30 May Reply

    Asparagus is my favourite vegetable! I can not wait to make this 😍 great recipe!

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    Posted at 12:28h, 30 May Reply

    Love the sound of asparagus pesto! This pasta is perfect for a summer lunch.

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:30h, 30 May Reply

      We love the addition of roasted garlic too, Natasha!

  • Erin
    Posted at 12:23h, 30 May Reply

    The most delicious summer pasta recipe–I’m dying to try that pesto!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:30h, 30 May Reply

      We love this unique flavor combo, Erin!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 12:19h, 30 May Reply

    This is perfect! I’ve been looking for some lighter pastas to fill me up after a long run and this looks like just the thing! I’m a sucker for all things pesto 😉

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:34h, 30 May Reply

      We love that pesto pairs so well with our pasta, Sarah. All that nutty flavor is mouthwatering!

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