7 Ways With Asparagus

Learn how to cook asparagus, a versatile vegetable that's tasty in just about any form. So grill, chill, or truffle the tender green stalks–if you dare.

  • 7 Ways With Asparagus
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Cooking Light

    7 Ways With Asparagus

    At just 3 calories per spear, the sky's the limit when it comes to asparagus recipes. The season's short though, so you'll want to try this tasty vegetable every which way. Grill it, splash it with truffle oil, toss it with pasta, or bathe it in Asian flavors. Trust us: you can't go wrong.

  • Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry on Noodle Pillows
    James Carrier

    Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry on Noodle Pillows

    Kids and adults will both like this fun twist on the standard Asian stir fry. Thin wheat noodles or vermicelli are boiled for a few minutes and then crisped in the oven to form a crunchy bed for a simple sauté of shrimp and asparagus.
  • Asparagus-Turkey Wraps with Roasted-Pepper Mayonnaise
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley

    Asparagus-Turkey Wraps with Roasted-Pepper Mayonnaise

    Cooked asparagus, deli turkey, and lettuce are wrapped up in a warm tortilla with for a quick on-the-go meal. But it's the special sauce, made with roasted bell peppers, cayenne, and mayo, that will make this sandwich a favorite.
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Serve this lightened cream soup as a first course or make it the centerpiece of a spring soup-and-salad supper. A hint of lemon flavor comes from the addition of freshly grated lemon peel, and the soup is lightly seasoned with nutmeg and thyme.
  • Truffled Asparagus Crostini
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Truffled Asparagus Crostini

    Four ingredients, plus a sprinkle of salt and pepper, will net you an appetizer that does any party proud. Fresh asparagus is drizzled with a tiny amount of truffle oil and sprinkled with Manchego, a spunky Spanish cheese. Fresh Parmesan cheese works great, too.
  • Fettuccine with Prosciutto and Asparagus
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Fettuccine with Prosciutto and Asparagus

    When you need a fast but elegant weeknight supper, this pasta dish will deliver every time. Cook fresh asparagus in the same water as the noodles, and then toss in the spices and prosciutto. Best of all, clean up is a breeze.
  • Chilled Sesame Asparagus

    Chilled Sesame Asparagus

    Cooked asparagus is quickly chilled and then tossed with a simple soy-sesame vinaigrette for a tangy side dish to serve at pot luck gatherings or with cold cuts and sandwiches.
  • Grilled Asparagus Rafts
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Grilled Asparagus Rafts

    Pinning asparagus spears together with skewers makes them easier to flip and grill evenly on both sides.

  • Trimming Asparagus

    How-To Video: Preparing Asparagus

    h this video and learn a quick and easy way to trim fresh asparagus.
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