Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese

By Katie, 10:05 am

Now is the time for fresh, local asparagus, so those lovely spears are making their way into my meals and into my mouth as often as possible. That’s the thing about eating locally and seasonally – you end up glutting yourself with a certain fruit or vegetable until you’re absolutely sick of it, which is the exact moment it’s gone. By the time it’s back you’re longing for it once again.  :-)

I started jumping for joy when I came across this recipe for Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese for many reasons, one of which was that it calls for chicken sausage. I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s many varieties of pre-cooked chicken sausage. When someone who is not familiar with the store asks me what I recommend from there, I always say chicken sausage.

(You could of course omit this if you’re a vegetarian; the recipe would still be rockin’!)

Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese
Adapted from Pink Parsley
Serves 2

1 large bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
sea salt and black pepper
2 links pre-cooked chicken sausage (I used Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic variety)
4 oz. whole wheat pasta
2 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
1 tbsp fresh chives

1. Preheat oven to 450º.

2. Toss asparagus with a splash of olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. Cut chicken sausage into 1-inch rounds. Roast asparagus and chicken sausage on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water before draining the pasta.

4. Whisk together the goat cheese, Parmesan, butter, and 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add a touch of salt and pepper, and stir until smooth.

5. Toss the pasta with the cheese mixture, asparagus, and chicken sausage. Add the rest of the pasta water, a little bit at a time, until the pasta is coated with a thin sauce.

6. Divide into two bowls and garnish with chives. Enjoy!

Have you been enjoying any local asparagus?


If you are near a Trader Joe’s, have you ever tried the chicken sausage?

29 Responses to “Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese”

  1. We love those sausages from Trader Joe’s and probably eat them at least once per week!

  2. Holly says:

    That is too funny – I’m going to TJ’s tomorrow, and their chicken sausage is on my list. :-) I feel like I’ve seen them everywhere!

  3. is it bad to say that i need this? because i’m pretty sure it’s a need :)

    i love chicken sausage, but don’t get it very often usually because it’s more expensive and harder to find!

  4. Tina says:

    This looks really good…although I would have to sub out the asparagus. Asparagus is the one veggie I don’t like. I do love chicken sausages from TJ’s though.

  5. That looks amazing! I’ve made something similar with mushrooms. You definitely inspired me to use up the last of my asparagus tonight.

  6. Lauren says:

    TJ’s chicken sausages are the ONLY form of meat I will eat! Love them! :)

  7. My freezer is stocked with TJ’s chicken sausages! I just had some last night, sliced and baked onto a plain cheese pizza. It was delicious!

  8. Mmmm that looks good! I still need to get my husband on board with asparagus though…he’s still holding strong on his hatred of it. :(

  9. Lindsay says:

    Looks delicious! I bookmarked this to try soon :)

  10. Erica says:

    This looks great! I have not tired Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage, but whole foods carries something similar and I have had that! Love sausage with different flavorings and what not in them!

  11. Mo says:

    This looks delicious! I have yet to try goat cheese because I’m a pansy but this truly looks great. :) I haven’t had much asparagus this season, though. I’m hoping to go to the farmer’s market on Saturday to get some.

  12. Nicole, RD says:

    That looks DELICIOUS! I have tried TJ’s chicken sausage – love the stuff!!! :) I am a sausage fan and any time I can cut out a ton of fat and calories without losing flavor, I’m all over it! I am looooving local, fresh asparagus right now! It just calls my name!

  13. Yummy! I LOVE the Trader Joe’s chicken sausage. I think my favorite is the spinach, garlic, and fontina cheese kind. I also like the apple variety. I’m slowly making my way through all the different flavors :)

  14. katie says:

    GREAT RECIPE GIRL!! i NEED a tjs near me!!! i am dying to go there!

  15. yea spelt flour has a very neat flavor.. a little rustic and seed like. i find it keeps its form really well, and is quite forgiving in baking. its higher in protein too than many other flours!

  16. Jessie says:

    This is the perfect kind of pasta, Katie – yum! I love when asparagus comes into season because then I gobble it up. Have you ever read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver? She writes about a whole year of eating VERY local. I think you would like it!

  17. Jess says:

    That dish looks awesome – I LOVE asparagus! Just plain old grilled asparagus is the best! I have not tried the TJ’s chicken sausage but there is some by “Al Fresco” that is really yummy.

  18. Anything with goat cheese I’m in!! Love those chicken sausages also

  19. Josie says:

    Katie, your blog was the inspiration for my peach shake! it just looked and sounded so good, and i tried about three times till i got it the way i liked it!

    and i wish i’d linked up to you when i posted about it. i’m sorry. :(

    • Katie says:

      Oh no you didn’t need to!!! That’s totally no big deal! I was just literally going to try re-creating it that same day! (Didn’t end up getting to though…maybe today!) :)

      • Josie says:

        good luck with your shake/smoothie. i made a new one this morning with a frozen banana, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, banana bread oatmeal, and a few strawberries. it was good, but i think i like peach best so far!!

  20. Oh yum!! This pasta looks great. I have never tried TJ’s chicken sausage but, funny thing, the other day I was shopping there and the lady in front of me in line was raving about it!

  21. Ellen says:

    Wow, this dish looks SO good. Now I understand the definition of FOOD PORN ;)

  22. Shawnee says:

    I love asparagus! I only recently learned that I love it. I was tainted in my youth by canned asparagus. Blech. That meal looks absolutely fabulous.

  23. Yes, yes, yes! Love it sauteed with just a little garlic, salt and lemon-infused olive oil. Also skewered and grilled!

    Makes a great sandwich filler too!

    Not a big fan of the white, though.

  24. I have been going through a pound of asparagus at least once a week! Love it, and figure I need to get my fill while it’s in season and at its best!

    I really enjoy chicken sausages. All the TJ’s flavors are great, and I also buy Al Fresco. (If you can find them, try the Spinach-Feta–sooo yummy!). :-)

  25. [...] I could not WAIT to get home and make dinner tonight!  Do you ever scour recipes and find ones that literally call out to you?  That’s what happened to me last week when I saw Katie’s recipe for Pasta With Asparagus and Goat Cheese. [...]

  26. [...] I could not WAIT to get home and make dinner tonight!  Do you ever scour recipes and find ones that literally call out to you?  That’s what happened to me last week when I saw Katie’s recipe for Pasta With Asparagus and Goat Cheese. [...]

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