Sautéed asparagus, mushrooms, and garlic combine with pasta and a light fat-free sauce in this delicious plant-based meal. Optional soy curls or chickpeas add heartiness, making this Asparagus Mushroom Pasta a very filling vegan main dish.
It’s amazing the things you can learn when you’re forced to order your groceries online, especially when you branch out and try different stores than you usually use. For instance, I haven’t been able to find whole wheat rotini or macaroni in months at our usual stores. There’s been plenty of penne and spaghetti and even bow tie pasta, but spirals and mac have been impossible to find.
But then “all of this” happened, and when Kroger started running out of a lot of the groceries I was ordering, I decided to give Walmart a try–and behold, all the whole wheat pasta I could want was suddenly available. It was a carb-lovers dream!
Other aspects of online ordering haven’t been as wonderful, especially the gamble you take when you allow someone else to choose your fruits and vegetables, Mostly I’ve been lucky, but once I received a package of raspberries that looked like they’d had a nasty encounter with a potato masher. Another time, we received 12 bananas instead of the 6 we ordered (yay, banana bread!)
This last grocery order brought me beautiful, crisp asparagus spears–the biggest I’ve ever seen at about 3/4-inch wide. Normally I try to select smaller asparagus, but I’m not complaining. Size really doesn’t matter when the asparagus is going into one of my family’s favorite pasta dishes.
I’ve been making variations of this asparagus mushroom pasta for ages, and I now have it perfected, with lots of fresh garlic and plenty of basil. The light sauce is just perfect for carrying the flavor without being heavy or obvious. To make it a heartier main dish, I add soy curls that have been rehydrated in “no chicken” bouillon, though feel free to add chickpeas or green peas to your asparagus pasta.
More Plant-Based Asparagus Recipes
While asparagus is plentiful, try some of my favorite recipes that use it:
Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta
- 8 ounces pasta rotini preferred
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus
- 8 ounces baby bella or regular mushrooms sliced
- 4 cloves garlic pressed or minced
- 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon (Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken preferred)
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 to 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup soymilk or other unsweetened plant milk
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or potato starch or arrowroot)
- 1 cup soy curls (dry)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon (or 1 bouillon cube)
- Boil the pasta in plenty of salted water according to package instructions. Just before it's done, scoop out and reserve 1 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain pasta and return to pan.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the asparagus by snapping off the ends: Hold the bottom of the spear in one hand and grasp it with the other hand about 2 inches away. Bend the spear and allow it to break. Discard the ends, and then cut the asparagus into pieces about 1 1/2-inch long.
- Heat a large covered skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the asparagus and cook for a minute or two. Add 1/4 cup water and quickly cover. Allow the asparagus to steam for 2 minutes. Uncover and add the mushrooms. Add a splash of water if it seems dry and cover. Cook for about 2 minutes or until mushrooms exude their juices. (If it seems too dry, add a splash of water.) Uncover, add the garlic, and cook for a minute or two.
- Add the vegetables to the pasta and combine well. Keep warm on the lowest heat setting.
- Put 1 cup of the pasta water into a small saucepan. Place it over medium high heat and add the bouillion, basil, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and red pepper. As it comes to a boil, whisk together the plant milk and starch in a small bowl and add it to the saucepan. Cook, stirring, until it boils and thickens slightly. Pour it over the pasta and vegetables, and stir to coat. If it seems dry, add a little of the remaining pasta water.
- Check the seasonings and add salt and black pepper to taste.
Optional Soy Curls
- Place soy curls and bouillon in a small saucepan and cover with water just until they begin to float. Bring to a boil and simmer until soy curls are tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and press excess water out of soy curls. Add to the pasta just before serving.
- Instead of soy curls, add 1 cup cooked chickpeas or frozen (thawed) green peas.
- Toss a few leaves of fresh basil into pasta just before serving.
- Sprinkle with Almond Parmesan just before serving.
Nutritional info is approximate.
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I hope you enjoy the pasta. Stay well!
Maria MaggiApril 30, 2020 at 11:16 am
Hi Susan, this looks and sounds delicious, and reminds me that asparagus season is upon us, or will be soon if its in your neighborhood. Boy, do I feel ya about shopping online. It’s definitely an adjustment and sort of like well, let’s see what they did and didn’t have this time. . .but now I might think to look for asparagus! xoxo
CoryApril 30, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Sounds great. I can,t wait to try your recipe.
NikkiApril 30, 2020 at 6:43 pm
I made this tonight, I didn’t have any asparagus but I added brussel sprouts, rapini, sun dried tomaotes, and onion to the recipe. My husband loved it.
DawnMay 3, 2020 at 7:20 am
Easy to make and great flavor. Thumbs up!
Susan WrightMay 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm
it looks good too and we are both home and not working and I am cooking too but we are healthy
Susan DreierMay 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm
This is incredible. Very easy. Husband loved it. I did put in more nutritional yeast because I like it. Your recipes are always soooooo good.
HeidiMay 7, 2020 at 11:13 pm
What veggies are in my fridge? Asparagus and mushrooms!
(Hmm, this or the quiche ….? Tomorrow may tell!)
JillMay 22, 2020 at 2:19 pm
I can’t wait to make this. I finally went to senior hour at Safeway and it was like “pre-COVID” shopping. They literally had everything I wanted, plus they were doing the “health pack” — a roll of paper towels, a 4-pack of Safeway TP, and a bottle of hand sanitizer for 10$. And just for fun, I got the campanelle pasta. 🙂
TracieMay 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm
I made this as written (no soy curls or other options) and it was DELICIOUS!! I will definitely make again. Next time I might try broccoli if fresh asparagus is hard to find. This is definitely going in my regular rotation. Thanks!
RosannaMay 25, 2020 at 2:18 am
My friend took me here, then I found a reallyyy delicious mixture between asparagus and mushroom. Me and my husband are vegans. I cooked this dish following your recipe yesterday, and my husband called me the best cook in the world, lol. Thank you so muchhh!
Cassie StoutMay 26, 2020 at 7:02 pm
Made this tonight! I substituted fresh broccoli and peas, as we didn’t have asparagus. Used baby Bella mushrooms as called for. It was excellent! The sauce is so light and flavorful.
StaceyMay 28, 2020 at 12:07 am
This is amazing! I love both asparagus and mushroom. I can’t wait to make this dish tonight, looks so yummyy!
francescaAugust 7, 2020 at 1:26 am
This looks positively delicious! Pinning to make later ♥
Kim Norbert, MS, RDNAugust 18, 2020 at 7:51 am
As a registered dietitian who recommends your site for delicious vegan, plant-based recipes I truly appreciate that your recipes have the nutritional breakdown for a serving size. I work with many individuals including those who struggle with diabetes or with chronic kidney disease and knowing the number of carbohydrates, sodium and potassium for each dish is important. Now that the FDA requires mg of potassium to be included on nutrition labels, I was wondering if you have considered including that in your nutritional breakdown? It would be extremely helpful information for my clients who have chronic kidney disease. I just love recommending your website. It has such delicious, wonderful, healthful recipes!
JillAugust 25, 2020 at 1:04 am
I’ve made this about ten times since COVID started, always with different veggies, and it comes out so great each time. No asparagus here right now, but will probably make this for lunch tomorrow with matchstick carrots, mushrooms, and the last 7 snow peas in the fridge. LOL. peas. Thanks for such a great simple recipe. Stay safe! 😷
holly greenAugust 30, 2020 at 4:23 pm
I made this recipe to take for my lunch this week and and I caught my non-vegan boyfriend eating it right out of the skillet! It delicious. Thank you for your great recipes, they’ve made transitioning to a whole foods plant based diet much easier.
WillOctober 15, 2020 at 4:56 pm
Nice recipe but the bouillon contains a lot of oil. Is there an oil free version you can use instead?
Susan VoisinOctober 15, 2020 at 5:05 pm
Really, you can use any kind you like or even use one you make yourself with nutritional yeast and spices.
CandaceNovember 30, 2020 at 10:45 am
I have just recently found your site and tried this recipe yesterday. It is delicious. My husband loved it and had a second helping. I made it just as written, with just a little less garlic. I can’t wait to try this with other vegetables. Thanks for sharing. I have been looking around your recipe list to see what I will make next.
I found your site thru Shane and Simple.
wonderfulcook.comJanuary 5, 2023 at 1:31 am
I made this pasta for dinner last night. Absolutely delicious! My family loved it.