Grilled Veggies with Lemon- Garlic Pasta

It’s time to harvest many of the best flavors from late spring before the summer heat kicks in and just in time to kick  off outdoor summer dining.  Today I’m featuring a yummy recipes that I will be using after harvesting some of my spring lettuces and the asparagus my brother in law gave me from his garden.  Grill chicken, asparagus, and romaine lettuce and toss with pasta and a summery sauce that can be served cold. This is a fun recipes that can be enjoyed all summer long.

Grilled Veggies with Lemon- Garlic Pasta
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Grilled Veggies with Lemon- Garlic Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. ziti
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for brushing
  • 1 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 oz. romaine hearts, halved lengthwise
  • 8 oz./½ bunch asparagus, trimmed of tough stems
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grated garlic

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the ziti according to package directions. Drain and reserve.
  2. Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan over high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and a little of the oil. Place the chicken on the grill and cook for 3 – 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Reserve. Brush the romaine and the asparagus with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the romaine and asparagus on the grill. The romaine will start to char on the outside, turn to allow all sides to get a little char, about 3 minutes total. Remove from the grill and reserve. The asparagus will turn bright green and have grill marks when it’s ready, also about 3 minutes. Remove from grill and reserve. When the chicken, romaine and asparagus are cool enough to handle, chop the chicken into bite-sized chunks, roughly chop the romaine, and slice the asparagus into 2” pieces. Reserve.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Place the chicken, romaine, asparagus and ziti in a bowl and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Recipe and photo credit :Pasta Fits

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Happy Grilling,

Bren

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