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.
February 26, 2008
1 of 9Photo: 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.
2 of 9James Carrier
Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry on Noodle Pillows
Asparagus and Shrimp Stir-Fry on Noodle Pillows Recipe 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.
3 of 9Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley
Asparagus-Turkey Wraps with Roasted-Pepper Mayonnaise
Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe 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.
5 of 9Becky Luigart-Stayner
Truffled Asparagus Crostini
Truffled Asparagus Crostini Recipe 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.
6 of 9Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Fettuccine with Prosciutto and Asparagus
Fettuccine with Prosciutto and Asparagus Recipe 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.
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Chilled Sesame Asparagus
Chilled Sesame Asparagus Recipe 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.
8 of 9Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell