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Asparagus with Fresh Basil Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


12 servings

Updated: Nov. 11, 2022
Add flair to your appetizer platter with this easy asparagus starter. The dip also doubles as a flavorful sandwich spread. —Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
Asparagus with Fresh Basil Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a small bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients until blended; refrigerate until serving.
  2. In a Dutch oven, bring 12 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus in batches; cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry. Serve with sauce.

Nutrition 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.

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