Sauteed Asparagus with Butter & Parmesan

April 19, 2013 by andrea | Filed under Quick Cooking, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable.

 

Fresh asparagus is everywhere right now so why not pick some up next time you’re at the market and make this simple side dish. It’s super easy, and goes with a variety of meaty main dishes. Enjoy!

Note: Remember to cut the tough, woody ends off each spear of asparagus. Click here to learn how.

Sautéed Asparagus with Butter & Parmesan
-recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine

You can embellish the basic method, adding peas or fava beans to make a spring vegetable mélange, or you can toss the sautéed asparagus with hot pasta. Or serve this as a side dish for roast chicken, lamb, or pork.  Serves 6-8.

1-1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Slice the asparagus on a sharp diagonal about 1/2 inch thick, leaving the tips whole. Melt the butter in a large (12-inch) skillet over moderate heat. Add the asparagus and season with the salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the asparagus is just tender, 5 to 6 minutes, lowering the heat if needed to keep the asparagus from browning. Don’t overcook; the asparagus will soften a little more as it cools.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the parsley and 3 tablespoons of the cheese. Transfer to a serving bowl, top with the remaining cheese, and serve immediately.

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3 Responses to “Sauteed Asparagus with Butter & Parmesan”

  1. The Omnivore says:

    Love the idea of turning this into a pasta sauce!

  2. […] Fresh asparagus can be found in many markets these days. So why not buy some to make a wonderful side dish? This dish that I introduce to you looks great, and it is surprisingly simple to make. Cooking the sliced asparagus in melted butter until it becomes tender. Serve it immediately with topping the Parmesan cheese over cooked asparagus. It goes well with varieties of meaty main courses! At inspired2cook.com  […]

  3. Sarah says:

    Mmm! … probably our most favorite vegetable-I’ll try this for sure.I had featured u in the post of Refreshing Side Dish with Asparagus on AllFreshRecipes.If u have any other recipes want to be featured, please let me know!