Garlic Asparagus Penne Pasta Recipe

Clean Eating Garlic Asparagus Penne Pasta Recipe

This clean eating garlic asparagus penne pasta makes a wonderful, 30 minute meal for busy weeknights!

There are some nights when I get home and cooking is the last thing I have time for. Between helping Mini Chef with homework and taking care of all those little, every day things that need doing, time can sometimes run out on me. So I have a handful of recipes that I can make, spur-of-the-moment. They are lifesavers!

This is one of those recipes. The flavors are simple, Mini Chef and I both love this every time I make it and best of all, I can get it on the table in about 30 minutes. Not too bad for a nice pasta dish!


  • Mince your garlic fine.
  • When the pasta is done cooking, don’t let it dry out. Spritz it with a tiny bit of oil to keep things moist.
  • The asparagus is best when cooked al dente. Don’t let it get mushy!
  • This can be served cold.
  • If you have cheese lovers in the family, a little parmesan sprinkled over the top is excellent.


I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Clean Eating Garlic Asparagus Penne Pasta Recipe

Garlic Asparagus Penne Pasta

A delicious yet simple dish you can enjoy any night of the week. It makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too! I always make a double batch.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 489kcal


  • 1 lb. whole grain penne pasta (cooked separately to package directions)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (+ more if needed for cooking)
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus (cleaned and roughly chopped)
  • 12 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (chopped)


  • Set your pasta to cook.
  • In a skillet, warm the oil.
  • Add the asparagus and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and add a pinch of salt.
  • Continue cooking until the asparagus is cooked to your liking. (Add more oil if the pan dries out)
  • When done, add the pasta to the skillet and stir to combine everything, seasoning with a bit more salt if needed.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1490IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 7.1mg

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