Asparagus with Lemon, Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Asparagus with Lemon, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

Allow me to introduce you to my new favorite way to eat asparagus! My sister-in-law made this recipe for our Memorial Day get together and I wasted no time in getting the recipe from her! Mike and I both love asparagus, but we always eat it the same old way. (This is how we usually cook it, if you’re curious). This recipe takes a little bit of extra planning, but adds a lot of extra flavor. It’s completely worth it, especially when you realize that start to finish, cooking asparagus this way still takes less than 15 minutes. The combination of lemon zest, pine nuts and parmesan cheese is irresistable, and yet this still tastes like a light and fresh side dish. It doesn’t get much better than that! I wish I’d discovered this recipe earlier this Spring, but I know I’ll be making this at least a few more times before the asparagus disappears from the store!

Asparagus with Lemon, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan

Asparagus with Lemon, Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Yield: Serves 4

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 pounds asparagus (2 bunches) trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
salt and pepper
1 tsp lemon zest
1 oz Parmesan, shaved


Heat the oven to 350. Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing once, until goden, 4-5 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 4-6 minutes. Add the pine nuts and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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  1. This looks so light, bright, and refreshing!

  2. Delicious! Love the addition of toasted pine nuts!

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  4. I love the simplicity of this dish! And it looks so flavorful! Will have to try this soon as a quick and easy side dish.

  5. Tried this last night and it was very good! Amazing what a little Parmesan and lemon zest can do to pick up the flavor. I toasted the pine nuts in a pan an also placed the asparagus on the BBQ for a few minutes instead….served with grilled turkey burgers and red roasted potatoes…..molto buono!!

    • megan replied: — June 14th, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      So glad you liked this! Sounds like a wonderful dinner :)

  6. Love the addition of toasted pine nuts!

  7. This recipe is very similar to one that I make a lot in the spring. Add a can of garbanzo beans, and a few tablespoons of pesto. Chill for a few hours. Makes a great main course salad!!

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