Asparagus with Fresh Basil Sauce Recipe
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Asparagus with Fresh Basil Sauce Recipe

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Add zip to your appetizer platter with an easy asparagus dip that doubles as a flavorful sandwich spread. — Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 72 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended; refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a Dutch oven, bring 12 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus in batches; cook, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry. Serve with sauce. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Asparagus with Basil Pesto Sauce in Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes Annual 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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