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Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

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Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.

Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.
Pasta with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

A light vegetarian pasta dish the whole family will enjoy using pantry staples like pasta and marinara. You can use any small pasta shape you wish or swap the pasta for farro.

Asparagus

Asparagus is in season, and I’m probably the only one in my house who truly loves it, so to get everyone else on board requires some work (or sneaking into their food). Chopping it real small and combining it with cute little pasta shells which hug each bite of asparagus works perfect in my house!

Having a toddler and a teenager in the house, I try to come up with quick and healthy, well-balanced meals everyone will enjoy because making separate dishes is not an option in my house. I always have marinara sauce on hand to use throughout the week. I make large batches of it and freeze the rest in portions in zip-lock bags. You can make a double batch of this sauce to use for other recipes throughout the week or freeze it for a later time. This recipe requires having cooked marinara sauce on hand, jarred or homemade marinara.

Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.

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Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

4.86 from 7 votes
7
Cals:283
Protein:11
Carbs:52
Fat:3.5
A light Spring pasta dish the whole family will enjoy; baby shells are tossed with chopped asparagus and a light marinara sauce. Quick and easy, perfect for vegetarians or meatless Fridays.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce is a quick and easy 4-ingredient pasta dish, perfect for Spring. Ready in under 15 minutes and under ten dollars to make.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 ouncea baby pasta shells, or small gluten free pasta
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 1 1/2 cups quick marinara sauce, or jarred
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil about 4 inches of water in a large pot, when boiling add asparagus and cook about 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender crisp.
  • Drain and chop into small bite sized pieces.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (you can use the same pot from the asparagus not to dirty too many dishes). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan heat 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce.
  • Drain pasta and RESERVE a cup of the pasta water.
  • Return pasta back to the pot and toss with marinara, asparagus, grated cheese, salt and pepper and a 1/4 cup of the pasta water or as needed to loosen the sauce.
  • Divide between four bowls and top with fresh pepper and more grated cheese if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 1/4 cups, Calories: 283 kcal, Carbohydrates: 52 g, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Fiber: 4 g

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85 comments on “Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce”

  1. This sounds SO quick, easy, & super delisious.  For us, I’ll use whole wheat pasta, & we here all love Baby  Asparagus.  One concern I have is: what would the approx. sodium content be per serving?  We don’t have health issues, but try to avoid excess sodium in our diets to avoid possible future problems, & not to get our kiddoes’ palates used to liking a lot of salt.  Pecorino Romano Cheese, delicious as it is, contains a lot of sodium.  Can you suggest another tasty cheese, but which contains less sodium?  I’d like to serve this as a side to my Greek Chicken.  Thank you. 💐