Food and Nutrition

7 Easy Asparagus Recipes to Serve When You’re Sick of Just Roasting Them

Francesca Krempa

Photo: Stocksy / Jeremy Pawlowski
For the average home chef, cooking asparagus means one of two things: roasting it in the oven with a squeeze of lemon and dash of olive oil, or grilling it with a rub of salt and pepper. Both are delicious, to be sure. But there's so much more versatility to this stalky vegetable. And it's worth figuring out new ways to incorporate it into your diet because asparagus is loaded with vitamin K (for heart health), fiber (for regular bowel movements), and folate (hello, hair growth); it's practically a superfood.

So, if you're looking for some easy asparagus recipes, we've got you covered. Thanks to some of the internet's most creative chefs, there are a ton of ways to serve this textured vegetable.—from creamy soups to refreshing salads and decadent noodle dishes. Let's just say, asparagus is about to be your new go-to green. Below, seven of our favorite asparagus-forward recipes to whip-up at home that are tasty, nutritious, and simple to serve.

7 easy asparagus recipes to try

Photo: Tatiana Boncompgni

1. 5-ingredient Asparagus Soup

You may be thinking: "asparagus soup?!" But this simple stock is delicious and so easy to make—it only requires five ingredients!

This recipe calls for asparagus, leeks, kombu (an edible sea kelp), avocado oil, and some salt. If you want to add in protein, Tatiana Boncompagni, the recipe's creator, suggests including tofu or poached eggs. Or, if you want to stick with a vegetarian-friendly dish, top it with some homemade croutons for a bit of crunch.

Get the recipe: 5-Ingredient Asparagus Soup

2. Harvest Bowl With Seasonal Veggies

This hearty harvest bowl is packed with fresh veggies that are high in fiber and other nutrients, making it a healthy option for lunch or dinner. Though our recipe calls for summery greens, like asparagus, leeks, and peas, the grain base is versatile, so you can make it with just about anything. If you want to stick to this recipe, however, be sure to top it with the matching zesty chutney for a lil' extra oomph.

Get the recipe: Harvest Bowl With Seasonal Veggies

Photo: Gimme Some Oven

3. Blue Cheese Roasted Asparagus

You can't go wrong when roasting asparagus spears with a little lemon, S&P, and olive oil. But if you want to switch things up and serve a side dish that has a little more flair, consider roasting your greens with some blue cheese. Gimme Some Oven's recipe suggests swapping out lemon juice with blue cheese crumbles, but any stinky cheese, like gorgonzola or feta, could work, too. Bake for 10 minutes at  400°F, and presto—you have savory spears that'll play well with chicken, salmon, and tofu alike.

Get the recipe: Blue Cheese Roasted Asparagus

Photo: Emilie Eats

4. Asparagus and Mushroom Vegan Quiche

Expect green goodies in every bite of this veggie-loaded quiche, like juicy tomatoes, chopped kale, and asparagus. The best part is, it's totally vegan. Instead of eggs, Emilie Eats' recipe calls for silken tofu, nutritional yeast, and chickpea flour to give it that eggy fluff. Serve warm at breakfast or save a couple slices in the 'fridge for a quick, healthy afternoon snack.

Get the recipe: Asparagus and Mushroom Vegan Quiche

Photo: Love & Lemons

5. Farro Salad With Grilled Asparagus

If cheesy asparagus isn't your thing, jazz up grilled asparagus with this farro salad recipe by Love and Lemons. Made of a refreshing blend of farro, edamame, capers, pistachios, and crumbled feta cheese, it's an easy dish to serve as a summer side or a main course. The real star of the show, however, is the lemon thyme dressing that complements the asparagus spears and salad alike.

Get the recipe: Farro Salad With Grilled Asparagus

Photo: Naturally Ella

 

6.  Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet

Looking for an easy recipe to whip-up at Sunday brunch? This healthy pesto asparagus egg skillet by Naturally Ella is practically begging to be paired with a fresh mimosa. All you need is some shaved asparagus, organic eggs, olive oil, and pesto. Heat the oil before adding the asparagus and garlicky pesto sauce. Then, crack in the eggs and top with some bread crumbs, parmesan and chili flakes. The result? A scrumptious one-pan dish that's bound to be your new brunch staple.

Get the recipe: Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet 

Photo: Blissful Basil

7. Vegan Creamy Spring Pea Asparagus Pasta

This pasta by Blissful Basil swaps out heavy cream for a cashew-cauliflower sauce that's completely vegan friendly. And it's rich in nutrients from healthy ingredients like gluten-free pasta, fresh peas, and of course, asparagus. Expect tons of great flavor from the garlic, salt, and pepper, as well as the nutritional yeast topping.

Get the recipe: Vegan Creamy Spring Pea Asparagus Pasta 

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