Looking for a fresh new asparagus recipe? Look no further! Using creamy goat cheese and bow tie pasta, this will be a huge hit at your next BBQ! Don't skimp on the crispy bacon! via @DashOfEvans #MIAsparagus
Pasta Salad with Asparagus + Goat Cheese

Looking for a fresh new asparagus recipe? Look no further! Using creamy goat cheese and bow tie pasta, this will be a huge hit at your next BBQ! Don't skimp on the crispy bacon!

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Asparagus, Bacon, Goat Cheese, Pasta Salad
Servings: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Farfalle pasta (Bow tie) 12 oz
  • 1/4 pound Fresh Michigan asparagus, trimmed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 oz Goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped in bite sized pieces
  • 5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled we love Smithfield homestyle!
Pesto Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon prepared pesto we love Kirkland brand from Costco!
  • 1/2 lemon juiced about 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill a large soup pot with water. Bring to a boil. Slowly pour in pasta and asparagus. Cook to al dente, about 5 minutes. Strain and set aside.

  2. Using a small chopper, blend pesto, lemon juice, shallot, garlic and sundried tomatoes. Pulse to combine and season with salt, pepper. Pour in olive oil. Pulse again.

  3. Pour the dressing into the bottom of a large bowl. Toss in pasta/asparagus mixture. Coat with dressing.

  4. Sprinkle goat cheese into the bowl. Toss to coat the pasta. The mixture should become creamy.

  5. Add red pepper and bacon crumbles.

  6. Serve slightly warm or chilled.

Recipe Notes

After chilling, the pasta salad might need a bit more pesto to reconstitute.