Cool and Light Pasta and Herbs


  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 (4 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese with herbs
  • 3 scallions (green onions), chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste


Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in the fettuccine, bring back to a boil, and cook pasta over medium heat until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

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While fettuccini is boiling, place asparagus and peas into a steamer insert and place insert over the pot of fettuccine. Steam vegetables until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove steamer insert and drain fettuccine.

Combine fettuccine, asparagus, peas, basil, mint, parsley, feta cheese, scallions, and olive oil together in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.