Amazing Asparagus Recipes

As fancy as it might look on the plate, asparagus is far from fussy or difficult to cook. From simple, roasted sides to elegant risottos, see why it's well worth learning to cook and enjoy asparagus at home.

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Make a simple but impressive side for a dinner party in under 20 minutes with these bacon-wrapped bundles.

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Cavatelli with Asparagus

Asparagus and Parmesan feel right at home when nestled in a bed of ricotta-based cavatelli.

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

Dress up roasted asparagus with a simple lemon vinaigrette for bright pops of flavor.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

This creamy soup is easy to make and so vibrant in color.

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Asparagus Crostini

Kick off a party with these easy toasts topped with fresh ricotta and sliced asparagus.

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Asparagus Fettuccine Carbonara

Shaved asparagus lends a bright dimension to this fast and easy weeknight classic. The thin green ribbons meld effortlessly with the fettuccine and add a pop of color.

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Asparagus and Cheese Tart

Stalks of asparagus take center stage in this eye-catching tart, which comes together easily thanks to store-bought puff pastry and a quick cheesy custard.

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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.

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Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Puffs

Spears of asparagus elevate both the look and flavor of Valerie's crowd-pleasing puffs, made with store-bought crescent roll dough and a tangy smoked salmon dip.

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Roasted Asparagus

With more than 350 reviews, Ina's top-rated recipe for easy, roasted asparagus is a trusted standby for cooks at every skill level.

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Slow-Cooker Asparagus Barley Risotto

This creamy rice dish is usually made with Arborio rice, but we love it with the toothsome nuttiness (and fiber) of barley. Serve with wedges of lemon for an extra pop of brightness.

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Eggplant and Asparagus Napoleons

For these party-ready stacks, Giada uses grilled slices of eggplant to sandwich layers of asparagus with a creamy ricotta spread.

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Asparagus with Roasted Red Peppers

This simple side is fast, easy and delicious, thanks to roasted red peppers and crumbled feta cheese.

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Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina

Giada dices up asparagus to help them cook faster before adding in tomato, cheese and eggs for a quick and versatile frittata that's good hot or cold.

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Roasted Asparagus

Tyler roasts asparagus at a higher oven temperature than you might be used to — all you need is 10 minutes for his perfectly roasted asparagus.

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Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

Asparagus, shallots and herbs are cooked in chicken broth to serve as both a sauce and a side in this dressed-up shortcut dish made with store-bought crepes and rotisserie chicken.

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Steamed Asparagus

No need to pre-heat the oven here. A quick steam and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon are all you need for this 10-minute asparagus side.

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Asparagus and Corn Fritters

Filled with sweet corn and tedner spring asparagus, these golden-brown fritters make eating your veggies a treat.

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Asparagus Casserole

Trisha's egg and cheese-filled casserole is a perfect make-ahead dish for Easter or any springtime gathering. In addition to the bed of asparagus in the base of the casserole, asparagus "broth" or cooking liquid goes into the cheese sauce for extra flavor.

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Asparagus, Pea and Zucchini Soup

Boost the creaminess of this smooth spring vegetable soup by adding a bit of potato.

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Asparagus with Prosciutto and Pickled Shallots

Dress up basic broiled asparagus with salty prosciutto and sweet pickled shallots.

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Asparagus and Chicken Stir-fry

Skip the take-out tonight and make your own stir-fry starring asparagus and chicken in a flavorful soy-ginger marinade.

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Chilled Asparagus Salad

Alex Guarnaschelli blanches and shocks asparagus to make a crispy, refreshing asparagus salad with a honey mustard vinaigrette.

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Asparagus with Serrano Ham

Replace your average breadsticks with these thin and crispy stalks of asparagus bundled with slices of tasty serrano ham. You’ll definitely want a double batch!

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Asparagus Fries

Potatoes beware, asparagus are dressing up as French fries. Thanks to a beer batter and hot oil, the green stalks are golden and crispy. Lemon aioli makes great dipping sauce and there are three seasoning options depending on what mood you are in.

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Sauteed Asparagus

Asparagus, prepared simply, shines in Valerie's 10-minute side dish.

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Asparagus and Bread Soup with Pancetta

Geoffrey uses asparagus, spinach and bread to create this creamy pureed soup. Top with crispy pancetta, creme fraiche and chives for an Iron Chef-style presentation.

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Lemon-Herb Asparagus Crostini

Impress your guests with these gorgeous crostini baguettes. They're topped with a bright and flavorful asparagus topping that no one will believe came together in just 15 minutes.

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Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Walnuts, asparagus and cremini mushrooms lend this quick and hearty dinner its rustic appeal.

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Pesto and Prosciutto Asparagus

Elevate simple grilled asparagus with store-bought pesto and crispy prosciutto.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

Asparagus gives this creamy soup a pleasant pop of color — and lots of fresh, spring flavor.

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Risotto with Asparagus

In addition to the asparagus tips that top the dish, asparagus bottoms (which are normally tossed out) are used to create a flavored broth for cooking the risotto.

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Sauteed Asparagus

Shorter cuts help the sauteed asparagus cook faster in the pan for a 4-ingredient side that's ready in under 10 minutes.

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Asparagus Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Whether you're treating yourself to afternoon tea or lunch al fresco, these dainty egg-and-asparagus sandwiches are a must-try.

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Asian Asparagus and Mushrooms

Marry the flavors of asparagus and shiitake mushrooms with an Asian-style seasoning of sesame oil, ginger, garlic and soy sauce.

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Orecchiette with Truffle Asparagus Pesto

You'll find an unexpected umami flavor in this asparagus and basil pesto thanks to truffle pecorino cheese, plus a bit of texture from toasted hazelnuts.

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Asparagus-Shrimp Dumplings

Not much of a veggie person? Sneak some green into your diet by adding bite-size pieces of asparagus to your shrimp dumplings!

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Asparagus Bundles

Take bacon-wrapped asparagus to the next level with a mouthwatering brown sugar glaze.

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Asparagus Pizza

Want to health-ify pizza night a little bit? Top your homemade pies with fresh asparagus.

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Shaved Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad

Although most recipes call for roasting, steaming or grilling asparagus til it's tender, you can also eat it uncooked! Shaving asparagus with a vegetable peeler turns it into crunchy ribbons, which can be dressed simply with lemon and olive oil, and paired with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan for a refreshing salad.

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Broiled Asparagus

Cut your asparagus cook time down to 10 minutes by using the broiler. The result? Slightly charred asparagus that goes perfectly with a dressing of red wine vinegar and olive oil.

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Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Bobby uses quinoa as the base of a healthy make-ahead salad with grilled asparagus, olives, goat cheese and a red wine vinaigrette.

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Asparagus and Spinach Frittata

For this deliciously green frittata, Katie Lee mixes asparagus and spinach (feel free to toss in other leftover veggies!) with creamy goat cheese and salty Parmesan, and cooks the mixture in a springform pan for a brunch-worthy presentation.

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Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise

Hollandaise can go on more on just eggs! The next time you roast asparagus, whip up a quick sauce in your blender to add to the dish.

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Orecchiette with Asparagus and Peas

Lidia Bastianich builds a simple, springy pasta dish with classic Italian ingredients — garlic, olive oil and fresh pepper — alongside in-season asparagus, peas and a generous topping of grated cheese.

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Asparagus Pesto Pasta

Pesto is so flavorful you'll never even know the asparagus is in there, making this dish perfect for kids who aren't sure about eating green veggies.

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Grilled Fennel and Asparagus Salad

No one does big, bold flavors like Guy. He builds this veggie-packed salad in stages, starting with grilled veggies and adding nuts, currants, arugula and more.

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Asparagus Tacos

Go vegetarian on taco night with this perfect-for-spring version. Charred asparagus, cotija cheese and salsa verde give this meatless meal tons of flavor.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup

Sunny builds a creamy and satisfying asparagus soup with the help a few aromatics, chicken stock and sour cream.

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Five-Ingredient Grilled Asparagus with Pecorino and Pine Nuts

This easy recipe starts with a grill hack courtesy of Geoffrey. If you're worried about losing asparagus through the grates, flip a cooling rack upside down and put it straight on the grill to hold the stalks while they cook. Meanwhile, you can prepare what GZ calls a Caesar-style vinaigrette (sans egg and anchovies) with four ingredients: olive oil, lemon, Pecorino-Romano and pine nuts. When the asparagus is done cooking, serve it with a drizzle of dressing and a generous sprinkle of cheese and pine nuts.

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Asparagus Pasta Salad

Asparagus, endive, red bell pepper and green peas add wonderful color and texture to this vegetarian pasta salad.

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Asparagus with Mustard Hollandaise

Tender asparagus and creamy hollandaise sauce are a classic pair — and, for good reason: the notes of butter and lemon in the sauce give this simple side dish rich flavor with just the right amount of lift.

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Asparagus Noodles

Use your vegetable peeler to turn asparagus into "noodles" and toss with a homemade pesto for healthy dish in 30 minutes.

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Mushroom Barley and Roasted Asparagus Salad

Pile fragrant seasoned barley and button mushrooms on top of roasted asparagus for a guilt-free indulgence.

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Creamy Asparagus Potato Salad

Give your routine picnic sides a refresh with asparagus. We like adding it to creamy potato salad for color and flavor.

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Asparagus Frittata

Trisha cooks up a quick breakfast frittata on the stove with just a handful of ingredients — asparagus, onion, feta, egg and heavy cream — before setting it under broiler for a few minutes until it's golden brown and ready to serve.

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White Bean and Asparagus Salad

You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make the long, beautiful ribbons of asparagus that make this salad special. Simply shave each spear with a vegetable peeler.

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