By Kendall Kish | March 25, 2013

As we welcome spring, we open our arms to all the new, fresh, seasonal produce at the markets. Early spring asparagus is tender and sweet, so it doesn’t need much more then a quick roast in the oven to make it ready to enjoy. Here, it is roasted amongst broccolini, scallions, and garlic. Tossed together with penne, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese – you have a complete meal that is hearty, seasonal, and full of delicious healthy vegetables.

Photo: Kendall Kish

Penne with Roasted Asparagus, Broccolini, and Goat Cheese Recipe

Servings: 4
Calories: 250 per serving
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 min


  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 3 scallions , white and light green parts
  • 1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • salt and pepper , to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut asparagus, broccolini, and scallions into 2 inch pieces and place on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until vegetables are tender and starting to brown.

2. Cook the penne according to directions on the box, drain and reserve 2 tblsp of the cooking water. Toss the pasta with the roasted vegetables, water, parmesan cheese, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top the pasta with the crumbled goat cheese.

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