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Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Asparagus, Lemon and Pine Nuts

I should have known that our new little grocery store in Chicago wouldn't have fennel. The fiancée and I had been planning a crazy sardine pasta, having been inspired by the New York Times recent article about 11 healthy foods, but once the fennel was missing, the recipe quickly fell apart. We decided to make something simple instead using the availble decent looking asparagus and incredibly cheap lemons. I didn't have an exact recipe, but I knew that could find something to do with all of these ingredients.

I'm not sure how I found Robin Robertson's recipe for pasta with asparagus and pine nuts, or why the source seemed like a good one, but I was drawn to the addition of the pine nuts, an ingredient I had ready-to-go in the pantry. We didn't have as much pasta as the recipe called for, nor any fresh dill, resulting in a dish that was mostly asparagus and lemon with some pasta mixed in. I'm not sure if that would have worked or not. This simple recipe turned out really well—it was fresh and light, and a perfect summer dinner.

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a co-founder of The Paupered Chef, a blog dedicated to saving time and money while enjoying food in every way possible. He sells wine for a living and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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