Pasta with Yogurt Pesto, Lemon & Asparagus

  • 20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Beginner


  • 40g (1 1/2 oz) walnut pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 25g (1 oz) fresh parsley
  • Small handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 125g (4 oz) Yeo Valley 0% Fat Natural Yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g (7 oz) asparagus tips
  • 350g (12 oz) spaghetti or other pasta shape
  • 1 tsp bouillon vegetable stock powder
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. First make the pesto. Place the walnut pieces, garlic, lemon zest and herbs in a food processor and blitz. Gradually add the yogurt to form a smooth sauce. Season and chill in the fridge until required. It will keep, covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  2. Trim the asparagus tips. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the packet instructions.
  3. Then 5 minutes before the end, heat a large frying pan and add the chilli flakes, bouillon powder and water. Stir to dissolve the powder then toss in the asparagus tips and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and tip into the frying pan with the lemon juice. Pour over the pesto sauce and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and salad. For additional flavour you could sprinkle over a little freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Similar Recipes

Lamb kofta kebabs on skewers

Minted Lamb Kebabs with Herby Yogurt Dip

  • 40 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Gluten Free

Lemon Drizzle Cake

  • 1 hr 30 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Vegetarian

Keep up with everything happening in the valley...

...including upcoming events, recipes, competitions and more. Just pop your email address in below:

By signing up, you’re confirming that you’re over 18 and would like us to send you our newsletters and offers by email. Remember, we’ll never pass on your information (unless you’ve specifically asked us to). Check out our Privacy Policy for more info.