Pasta with Grilled Asparagus Pesto



  • 1 pound asparagus (trimmed)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Marcona almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons aged gouda (shredded)
  • 1 pound cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup cooking liquid


  1. Preheat gas grill to medium- high heat. Toss asparagus with olive oil to coat. Grill 5-7 minutes until asparagus begins to char. Remove from grill and cool slightly.
  2. Chop asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Place asparagus, garlic, almonds, salt, lemon juice and nutmeg in blender. Pulse on setting 2 (chop) 8-10 times. Add olive oil 2 tablespoons at a time, pulsing once or twice until pesto just begins to blend, Do not over process.
  3. Remove pesto from blender and stir in gouda.
  4. Toss pasta with pesto in large bowl, adding pasta cooking liquid as needed for desired consistency. Serve immediately with additional cheese, if desired.
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