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Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

This is especially wonderful when locally grown asparagus is in season and so easy for celebrations because you can serve it hot or cold. This is how to bake asparagus. —Jannine Fisk, Malden, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place the asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, salt and pepper; add to asparagus and toss to coat.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or just until asparagus is tender. Drizzle with remaining oil and the lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese and lemon aest. Toss to combine.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
  • For the ultimate flavor, use fresh produce when it’s in season. In spring, that means asparagus, peas, artichokes and fennel. In summer, eggplant, arugula, summer squash and tomatoes shine. Fall’s finest? Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and carrots, to name a few.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 95 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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    • PghMomof2
      Oct 27, 2020

      I have been making this recipe for years. It is so simple and elegant looking. And so delicious!

    • Terry
      Jun 8, 2020

      Very good!

    • pajamaangel
      Mar 24, 2020

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    • Kim
      Jan 16, 2020

      This is one of my favorite ways to eat asparagus so delicious. I make this 2 to 3 times a week.

    • Stacy
      May 16, 2019

      Delicious!!! Didn’t have pine nuts, so used sliced almonds instead. Thank you!

    • shortbreadlover
      May 13, 2018

      i made this for a potluck and everyone loved it. but the pine nuts are a bit hard to find here. most stores here do not carry them year round

    • Naomie
      Apr 8, 2018

      Delightful! Everyone loved it. My crew needs garlic so I make 2 batches, 1 as written and 1 with garlic and roma tomatoes. I have a few that do not care for grape or cherry variety tomatoes. So easy too. Thanks!

    • JoanieK53
      May 27, 2017

      Tried this even though I didn't have the tomatoes or pine nuts and it was very good and easy. Will definitely make again. Green beans make a good alternative.

    • linton
      May 15, 2017

      I made this for a side dish this weekend and I just loved it !!! Very easy, pretty and I just loved the pine nuts ! I will definitely make again, although I thought the asparagus was very crunchy . I will cook a little longer next time.

    • annrms
      Mar 19, 2017

      I enjoyed this delectable recipe for asparagus a while ago. I love the combination of colors and textures in this dish. It's definitely a great recipe to wow your guests! It's a keeper!I made another batch of this recipe using very thin asparagus. Instead of roasting them, I cut them into segments and stir fried them. It was just as wonderful!!