One Pot Lemon Asparagus Quinoa Recipe topped with a Rocket (Arugula) Pesto | | #vegan #vegetarian

One Pot Lemon Asparagus Quinoa w/ Rocket Pesto

One pot asparagus quinoa with lemon is easy to make, healthy and incredibly delicious! Enjoy it with the super delicious rocket/arugula pesto or without!
Course Entree
Cuisine dairy-free, Egg-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Makes 6 servings
Calories 148 kcal
Author Vanessa @


  • 12 Asparagus Spears woody ends removed, cut in half
  • 1 cup 180g Quinoa (rinsed)
  • 4 Lemon Wedges ensure the skin is untreated and not waxed & seeds removed
  • Small handful Fresh Basil
  • 3 small Tomatoes diced
  • 1 medium-sized Yellow Onion diced
  • 3 cloves of Garlic minced
  • 3 cups 750 ml Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

Rocket Pesto aka Arugula Pesto

  • 1/3 of a cup bunched Arugula/Rocket washed, 1/3 of a cup is equal to a small handful
  • 1/3 of a cup 50 g Raw Cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Add asparagus, quinoa, lemon wedges, basil, tomatoes, onion, and garlic to a large stock pot. If your asparagus spears are very thin, consider adding them to the pot about 5-8 minutes later to prevent them from getting too droopy and overcooked.
  2. Cover all ingredients with vegetable broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is cooked. Don't cover the pot at any time while cooking.
  3. While the Asparagus Quinoa is cooking prepare the rocket pesto. Add rocket (arugula), cashews, salt, and garlic to a food processor and pulse. Don't blend! The pesto should be slightly chunky, not smooth. Put finished pesto in a small bowl and cover with olive oil.
  4. Serve Lemon Asparagus Quinoa hot with a dollop of rocket pesto. Season with more salt & pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

1.) This recipe can easily be modified. Don't have basil? Use parsley, cilantro, or dill instead. Want to toss in some carrots? Go for it!

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Lemon Asparagus Quinoa w/ Rocket Pesto
Amount Per Serving (1 serving w/o pesto)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 212mg9%
Carbohydrates 27.7g9%
Fiber 4.3g18%
Sugar 3.6g4%
Protein 6.2g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.