Really Simple & Tasty Too #04 – Asparagus

Lemony Asparagus With Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Makes 4 servings

Hands-on-time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 10 gr or 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 900 gr or 2 pounds asparagus [2 bunches], trimmed and cut into 5 cm or2-inch pieces
  • 5 gr or 1 teaspoon thinly sliced lemon zest
  • 35 gr or 1 ounce Parmesan, shaved
  • salt and black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 180° C or 350° F.
  2. Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing once, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the asparagus and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. Add the pine nuts and toss to combine.
  6. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and Parmesan.

Note 1: You can also grill the asparagus in this recipe. Toss the whole asparagus with the oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium heat until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Cut into 5 cm or 2-inch lengths and top with the lemon zest and Parmesan.

Note 2: Toss in a can of tuna with the asparagus and put the whole thing over some pasta. So fast, easy and delicious!


Amount Per Serving
Calories 149
Fat 12g
Sat Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 249mg
Protein 6g
Carbohydrate 5g
Sugar 2g
Fiber 3g
Iron 3mg
Calcium 132mg

PDF of this recipe: 20120726-Lemony-Asparagus