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Grilled Sausages with Asparagus

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Mix up the sausages, and use chorizo, spicy Italian, or the turkey and chicken varieties available at the grocery store.

Ingredients

  • 3 lemons, halved and divided
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped and divided
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage links

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (350° to 400°) heat. Squeeze juice from 2 lemon halves to equal 2 Tbsp. Stir together pesto, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup walnuts. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; toss asparagus with olive oil.

  2. Grill sausage, without grill lid, 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, turning occasionally. At the same time, grill asparagus, without grill lid, 4 minutes or until tender. Brush asparagus with pesto mixture, and transfer to a serving platter. Grill remaining 4 lemon halves, cut sides down, 1 minute or until charred. Place on platter with asparagus. Slice sausage, and arrange on serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.