Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Lemon

Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Lemon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

8 oz (1/2 box) penne
1 pound asparagus (ends trimmed), cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup parmesan pieces (1 oz)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbst fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and black pepper (do NOT use table salt)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and add the asparagus during the last 3 1/2 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and asparagus and rinse under cold water to cool. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add the parmesan, oil, lemon juice and zest, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Toss to combine.

Yield: 4 servings

From Real Simple June 2009

Ken's rating: **1/2
Chalsea's rating: ***
I served this as a main dish. It would have rated MUCH higher as a side dish. There just wasn't enough oomph to carry on its own. Maybe serve it with some grilled chicken breast and you've got yourself a winner.