Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Pancetta

  • 24 spears medium-sized asparagus
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Good rashers of pancetta
  • 4 good anchovies (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 knob butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Remove the woody ends of the asparagus by bending them at the end and snapping where it clicks naturally. Feel free to boil your asparagus for a minute or so if they are not as tender as they should be.

  • Grab 6 spears of asparagus, sandwich one of the rosemary sprigs and one of the anchovy fillets among the spears, and wrap a slice of pancetta around the middle to hold everything in place. Make three more bundles in the same way , and out them into a small roasting tray or pan with ? lemon. Drizzle with a little olive oil and roast in the pre-heated oven for 4 to 5 minutes, until the pancetta is crispy.

  • Remove from the oven, add your knob butter, and squeeze over the juice of your roasted lemon. Season of needs be. This will make a fantastic smoky sauce with your melted anchovies.

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