Tori Martin’s: (Recipe: Lemon Feta Linguine with Garlic Asparagus)


• 4 oz. uncooked linguine pasta
• 1 lemon, juice and zest* (see first Note below)
• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

• ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
• Cracked black pepper
• 6 oz. (12 spears) asparagus, woody ends removed and cut into 1½ inch pieces
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper


  1. Boil the linguine pasta in salted water according to package directions until one
    minute prior to al dente. Drain and reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Set aside.
  2. For the sauce. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk together the
    lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil together until well combined. Then add in the feta
    and black pepper, whisking well until the sauce combines to become creamy and mostly
    uniform in texture.** Set aside.
  3. For the asparagus. Using a large skillet at medium-high heat, add the olive oil and
    garlic, swirling the pan for 5 seconds (slightly toasting the garlic). Add in the asparagus,
    salt, and pepper, stirring frequently until the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 2-3
    minutes. Remove from heat and place the asparagus in another bowl.
  4. Using the same skillet, reduce the heat to low, then add the pasta and sauce. Using
    tongs, toss to evenly coat the pasta with the sauce, letting the feta cheese completely
    melt. Spoon in a tablespoon of pasta water at a time to get to your desired saucy
  5. Add in the asparagus and give the pasta a final toss. Top with additional feta cheese
    if you would like. Taste for additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
    • *About 1 tbsp. lemon zest and ¼ cup lemon juice. This will make it a really lemony
    pasta dish; reduce the amount of zest and juice if you prefer a more mild lemon flavor.
    • **It’s fine if there are still visible pieces of feta cheese; they will melt when mixed
    with the pasta.

Tori Martin~ Q&A

  1. Hello Tori, how are you? Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hi, Danaille! I grew up a military brat so I moved around a lot before staying in one
    place. The longest I’ve stayed anywhere was in Texas. I got into music when I was 14 years old, so it’s been a part of me for most of my life! I come from a small town and I’m very family-oriented which reflects who I am as an artist.
  2. What made you want a career in country music? I fell in love with country music at a young age and my Paw-Paw inspired me by listening to the classics. I knew at 7 years old that I was going to be a “famous” singer one day, ha ha!
  3. What is the background story behind your new tack “What Would Dolly Do?” I’m a huge Dolly Parton fan. She has inspired me in so many ways during my life. Last summer, I visited Dollywood for the first time and saw handwritten letters from Dolly to her parents in her museum. She was talking about when she first moved to Nashville and was telling her parents not to worry about her. That struck a chord with me. Dolly has been exactly where I am now! It really humanized her and gave me a different perspective on her.
  1. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2020?
    There are a lot of exciting things coming up for 2020! I can’t announce much about them
    yet but keep your ears open!!
  2. How would you describe your music in three to five words?
    Country, Heart, and Soul!
  3. What is your recording process like when creating new music?
    Honestly, it’s different every time. This process has been great recording my album. I’ve been a part of everything as far as recording and production so I’m really proud of the music we’re putting out.
  4. What was the first country concert you ever attended?
    I went the Music Fest in Steamboat when I was 13 and had the opportunity to see so many artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers and Kevin Fowler, which was amazing.
  5. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    “Find our who you are and do it on purpose!” – Dolly Parton
  6. Is there anything else you would like to share?
    Thank you for your support of my music! I’m very excited about “What Would Dolly Do?” and everything to come!! Please feel free to share the song and don’t forget to tag Dolly and I on socials ;).

Tori Martin~ Artist Spotlight

Country musician Tori Martin is from Texas and moved to Nashville in 2017. Martin has already successes on the Texas Country charts. He singles “From Here to There,” (#22), “Done Deal,” (#19), and “Woman Up (#20) are all adored by her many great fans.

Martin grew up in Azle, Texas, she has always had a love for music. She started singing in church as a little girl and was greatly influenced by her country music-loving Paw-Paw (Martin’s grandpa), who bought Martin’s first guitar. She grew up on classical country artists like Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette, “Stand by Your Man,” was the first song she learned to sing at 14 years old, she began playing at opry houses around Texas. She recorded her first EP, Falling Straight Up” in Nashville when she was 16 years old and performed her first headlining concert that same year.

Some of her musical icons are Dolly Parton, Whitney Huston and Stevie Nicks, Martin has become known for her outstanding vocals and honest songwriting. In 2014, she was named one of the “New Faces of Country,” by Renegade Radio Nashville and was a contestant on Season 14 of American Idol. In 2015, she was nominated for “New Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards. She also played at Taste of Addison, headlined by country artist Granger Smith. Martin also became a co-host for the “Music Biz Besties Songwriter Series” at Just Love Coffee in Nashville.

On February 28. 2020, Martin put out her brand new single “What Would Dolly Do.” This song is available to listen on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Tori Martin then check out her website at (

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