Monday, June 13, 2011

Lemon/Garlic Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus- Secret Recipe Club

This creamy lemon pasta recipe is made with lots of fresh sauteed mushrooms and asparagus and  is absolutely heavenly. We had it for dinner the other night , and we couldn't stop raving about it. The garlic/ lemon sauce definitely makes it exceptionally tasty.

Actually, its not my recipe. It is the creation of Anna from Sweet Anna's blog.  I made it because I am participating in a blog group called the "Secret Recipe Club," and my secret assignment for this month is to post a recipe from another member's blog.

When I first started to browse through Sweet Anna's blog to select a recipe, I was excited about many of her recipes. It  was difficult to find the "one" that I wanted to try. I chose her Lemony mushroom asparagus pasta dish because in addition to fresh mushrooms and asparagus, it also called for fresh garlic, lemon, and fresh creamy butter; all ingredients that my family loves.

I followed Anna's recipe but made a few gluten free and personal preference substitutions.  I used  gluten free brown rice spaghetti pasta  ( Anna called for penne pasta but I only had spaghetti, so I went with it).

1 lb gluten free pasta (penne or rotini work well!)
3-4 tablespoons butter ( or dairy free substitute)
1 lb mushrooms, sliced thick
1 lb asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
1-2 garlic cloves, minced ( or more if you love garlic)
8 ounces of spreadable feta cheese log ( omit for dairy free)
2 tablespoons heavy cream ( or coconut cream)
salt & pepper, to taste
juice of one large lemon
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ( optional)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Cook the pasta, according to package directions, until al dente, drain and rinse. Save 1/4 cup of pasta water
  • While the pasta is cooking... in a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter over low heat and  saute the mushrooms until golden. Toss in the asparagus and saute until just tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Continue to stir until smooth, adding up to 1/4 cup of the pasta water if needed until everything is nicely coated.
  • Top with more freshly grated Parmesan, chopped tomatoes, and fresh basil
Wait until you taste this pasta dish! I knew Anna's recipe looked really good, but we were in love when we took our first bite. My husband and I both said, " This is beyond good, this is amazing.

It's a recipe that everyone will love.  I know it's definitely going to be a recipe that I will make again and again. Thank you Anna.  

If you like this recipe, head over to Anna's blog. You'll really enjoy it, her pictures are beautiful and many of her recipes can easily be adapted to be gluten free with a few minor substitiutions.

Step by Step Pictures

Assemble Ingredients

Saute Mushrooms in Butter

Chop asparagus

Follow recipe directions and voila!

This recipe is also shared at the following blog hops:

My Sweet and Savory , Mouthwatering Monday, Monday Mania, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays,
Vegan Monday,   Just another Meatless MondayMotivate Me Mondays, Just Something I Whipped Up,
Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Tuesday at The Table,  Tuesday Tasty Tidbits, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Made From Scratch Tuesday, Totally Tasty TuesdayTempt my Tummy Tuesday, Delectable Tuesday , Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,  Made From Scratch Tuesday, Recipes I can't wait to try, Midweek Mingle Blog HopWhat's on the Menu Wednesdays,  Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday,  Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Cooking Thursday  This Chick Cooks, Friday Potluck, Fresh and Pure Friday, Thank Goodness It's Friday ,Funky Fresh Friday, Nifty Thrifty Friday, Fight Back Friday
Food on Fridays, Get Healthy CheapFeature Yourself Friday, Thank Goodness It's Friday,
 Family Food FridaysFriday Feasts, “Food on Fridays” Nifty Thrifty Sunday,  Savory Sunday ,Sugar Free Sunday , Potluck Sunday, This Week's Cravings Monday, Tuesday Parade of Foods , 33 shades Tasty Tuesday, Foodie Friday,  Friday Potluck,  Hearth and Soul Hop,  

 If you would like to join in the " Secret Recipe Club" click here
Please note: The other blogger's recipes from The Secret Recipe Club that are all listed below are not gluten free, but may be adapted.



  1. love that creamy lemon sauce - I've made something similar and it's one of my favorites!

  2. Looks excellent. Does the coconut milk add a different flavour if you sub it in?

  3. So many people get scared off by the idea of gluten free. I am not gluten free, but I've been learning more and more about cooking that way for friends and family who are, and unless you're baking, it's actually really easy to do! Love this recipe, it looks delicious.

  4. I'm just hearing about this recipe club for the first time today. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    The pasta sounds great. Can't go worng with garlic and lemon! Also sounds like it's easy to adapt to what you have/like.

  5. I love anything with Pasta! Found this through the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)

  6. Love a good lemon sauce with pasta. Great recipe!

  7. I love lemon-creamy sauces on pasta. This looks great!

  8. This looks amazing! It full of all my favorite flavors...yum! A fantastic SRC pick :)

  9. This looks delicious! :) Feta cheese + asparagus has me immediately sold! :)

  10. looks wonderful love all the recipes in here, thanks so much for visiting my blog Judee and all the best for your ebook hugs Rebecca will also follow

  11. I love how fresh and summery this dish is! Great job with the recipe =)

  12. Healthy, delicious, a great meatless meal choice--definitely a must-try! I'm a new follower of your blog.

  13. Love the flavors in this one! Mushrooms and asparagus are two of my favorites.

  14. This looks so yummy. What a wonderful recipe and you certainly did it up, right.

    Thanks for the link.

  15. Looks tasty. I just found your blog and am a new follower.

    I'd love for you to stop by my table and even link up to my Thursday carnival.

    Around My Family Table

  16. Love all of the ingredients and the pairing of lemons and pasta. Excellent recipe choice!

  17. This looks great and first time here and I am loving it. Lots of wonderful recipes.

  18. That looks like a fabulous meatless meal. YUM!

  19. Oh yum! Lemon, asapagus, and pasta all together can only be delightful. Sounds like a perfect Summer meal!

  20. looks fabulous! i love pasta with asparagus

  21. Lemon, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms, cream, pasta ... all my favorite things! And I love that you offer dairy-free suggestions, too, since that so often goes with being GF. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment the other day -- right back at ya! You're one I try to never miss ... :)

  22. absolutely fantastic recipe..
    chanced upon your space while blog your blog..nice presentation with excellent clicks..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  23. You can't go wrong with lemon and asparagus! It looks fresh and fantastic!

  24. You picked a wonderful recipe for the Secret Recipe Club and we are featuring it at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for sharing further by linking it up. It is a winner.

  25. Yum!! Thanks for sharing this at Savory Sundays! It looks great!!

  26. I am going to make this with some leftover spaghetti we made this weekend! I have the asparagus and mushrooms, yes, I looked over your list and have it all--not quite the right amount of feta, but enough to have a little of the flavor. Thank you! Dinner is planned. :)

    Glad you linked this to Food on Fridays!

  27. Hi Judy thanks for linking up this pasta to Get Grillin' It looks great!

  28. Hmm.. This looks so yummy!
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  29. So many great flavors in one dish - it's gotta be good! Love all that lemon juice!

  30. Mmm what a great flavor combo! Thanks for linking up to my blog hop! Pinned :-)


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