Last week, I was the perfect patient and followed Dr’s orders to rest! During that time, Food Network was on pretty much constantly. One show I caught was Giada’s Everyday Italian show. It was A Pasta for all Seasons….and two of her dishes in particular really appealed to me. So much so, that I made sure to have ingredients here to try one of them this weekend! Another show that has had some really yummy food is Guy’s Big Bite. I have bookmarked a few of his recipes I want to try also!

I love dishes that call for fresh vegetables and incorporating it with pasta. Whats so great about this kind of recipe is that you can also include a protein like shrimp or chicken in this dish also (for those out there who, like Grumpy, think you can’t have a main meal without some kind of meat!)

I made a couple different changes to the recipe. Instead of chicken broth, I used better than bouillon vegetable broth. Then, instead of Parmesan cheese, I used grated asiago cheese (freshly grated) as that was what I had on hand. I had the basil, but in my hunger I forgot to add it. (rolling my eyes here). lol Yeah, my appetite has started to come back. But at least I’m wanting fresh and healthy foods right now. ;o)

Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, 2008


8 ounces penne pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1- 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (about 9 ounces) cherry tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh peas
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the asparagus, season with the salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes until slightly soft. Add the cherry tomatoes and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until the tomatoes start to burst and the stock is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Transfer the asparagus mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the cooked pasta and 1/2 of the Parmesan. Toss well, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to loosen the pasta. Garnish with the remaining Parmesan and chopped basil.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Barbara Bakes April 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I always forget to add veggies to pasta, but it’s a great way to get the kids and me to eat more. Thanks for the reminder. It looks delicious!

  2. Leslie April 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    oh yum yum yum. Ilove a little pasta with a BUNCH of fresh veggies!

  3. noble pig April 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Love the beans in there! Glad you are feeling better.

  4. Megan April 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious an light. perfect springtime dish!
    Glad everything is going good for you. Hope Grumpy is a little better.

  5. s. stockwell April 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    mmmm. great photo! this may just be what’s for lunch? thanks.

  6. Netts Nook April 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Oh this looks yummy. Hope you are not straining your neck much. Take Care

  7. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" April 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Ooh, I would totally eat this. No one else really likes tomatoes.

    Hey, I’m now a follower of yours! 🙂

  8. Jessie April 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I love it! the fact that it has veggies makes it such a healthy and hearty dish

  9. Marthe April 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    That pasta dish looks delicious: just the thing for me!

  10. Reeni♥ April 6, 2009 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    How colorful and delicious! I love Guy, he makes such delicious comfort food.

  11. Diana April 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Mmmm I love veggie pasta. I’m glad your starting to feel better and hope you’re back to normal in no time at all!

  12. Shirley April 6, 2009 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I love her recipes. Her recipe for Pasta Primavera is good too. It’s in her cookbook.

  13. Katy April 6, 2009 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Great pix. I’ll bet lots of folks would go for this!

  14. teresa April 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I love anything Giada makes too! This looks wonderful!

  15. Jeff April 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Nicely done. I just did something similar to this but mine in no way shape or form looked this great. Heck I am ashamed to write it up right now after seeing yours.

  16. April 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Great spring pasta dish. Especially the asparagus.

  17. J.Danger April 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Story of my life. I am ALWAYS craving pasta. It is an ongoing joke at my husbands work that I must secretly be Italian!

  18. Creative One April 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    This dish looks absolutely delicious. I am a big fan of pasta with veggies. Yummy, Yummy!!!!

  19. Laura April 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    What gorgeous colors!! Good to see you cooking again!

  20. Olga April 6, 2009 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Looks perfect for spring!!! Love all the colors 🙂

  21. JyLnC April 7, 2009 at 12:29 am - Reply

    I became a fan of the Food Network while I was healing from my surgeries. I love Guy…especially his Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives show. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  22. Lori April 7, 2009 at 1:14 am - Reply

    That looks so delicious. Kind of a pasta primavera- Hah! Spring is hard to imagine with a snow storm on the way for us here in NY.

    Beautiful job- I just want to take a bite!

  23. Bunny April 7, 2009 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Your salad looks so fresh and gorgous Shelby! The color just pops in it! I absolutely love Giada and Guy!!

  24. Lynda April 7, 2009 at 4:09 am - Reply

    This looks so fresh and delious! I’m looking for more healthy dishes like this to try.
    Glad you are feeling better.

  25. Cristine April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am - Reply

    It looks SO yummy, Shelby! Bookmarking this for my next menu. YUM!

  26. Pam April 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    This is my favorite kind of pasta. Simple, colorful and full of great flavor.

  27. The Hungry Mouse April 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Oh, yes please!


  28. Tangled Noodle April 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    This dish is just bursting with color and healthy goodness!

  29. Elyse April 8, 2009 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Mmm, looks delicious! Food network is so dangerous. I can feel my stomach start to growl when I watch! In fact, I can hear my stomach starting to growl looking at your yummy pics!

  30. Lori April 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Made some pasta primavera- thanks for the inspiration. I linked to you.

  31. Robin Sue April 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Yes I am always craving pasta! This recipe looks so healthy and perfect for spring!

  32. April 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Me craves pasta ALL THE TIME!

    And now you made it worst! 🙂

    Lovely colors!

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