Recipe: Chargrilled asparagus with spaghetti & pesto

Posted on Jun 8 2016 - 11:00am by Samantha Clark

Continuing with our asparagus themed recipes for June, we’ve come across this delicious, fresh and healthy pasta dish that’s super easy- a perfect supper!

Chargrilled asparagus with spaghetti & pesto

Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Serves: 4


230g pack Waitrose British Asparagus, trimmed and halved
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
300g Waitrose Love Life Wholewheat Spaghetti
25g pack basil
25g pack flat leaf parsley
½ x 200g can Waitrose Garlic Stuffed Green Olives, drained
2 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Toasted Pine Nuts
½ x 80g pack essential Waitrose Grated
Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Preheat a ridged griddle pan over a high heat. Brush the asparagus with a little oil and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning regularly until tender and charred. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Place the herbs, olives, pine nuts and Parmigiano in a food processor and coarsely chop. Add the oil and whizz to make a textured pesto.
  3. Drain the spaghetti, then return to the pan. Stir in the pesto and asparagus and divide between 4 serving bowls. Top with a little extra Parmigiano and a good grinding of black pepper, and serve.

Cook’s tip

Look out for Gran Moravia Vegetarian Hard Cheese for a delicious vegetarian alternative to Parmigiano Reggiano.

This recipe was provided by Waitrose, you can find more inspiration through their recipe siteWaitrose logo

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