Sauteed Asparagus with Olives and Basil

Full-flavored savory garlic and olives and aromatic basil brighten the crisp asparagus. Cutting the asparagus into short pieces allows them to cook quickly.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 pounds medium asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces at an angle

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

3 tablespoons pitted kalamata olives, slivered

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the asparagus, 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper and cook, stirring, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp-tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the olives, basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and toss well. Serve.

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