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Jun 10, 2008 01:42 PM

Best Uses for Asparagus?

I have been given four bunches of lovely, fresh spring asparagus. I really like asparagus, but I live alone and can't eat it all week. What's the best thing to do with this stuff? I figure it totals a little over three pounds? Perhaps four? Any recs would be deeply appreciated.


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  1. pureed asparagus soup...seriously springy soup, and it can freeze well

    1. i stand by the beautiful simplicity of olive oil, salt, pepper, roast in the oven. i could eat four pounds of it easily, were i a far fatter, happier man.

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      1. re: beelzebozo

        I agree. I also like to add a little crushed garlic, and grate some parmesan-reggiano over it after roasting

        1. re: JonParker

          I Love roasted asparagus. I recently added some leftover roasted spears, chopped, to a spinach salad with tangy feta, leftover steamed broccoli and mixed olives. It was delicious. I'm now going to plan to have leftover roasted asparagus just for this purpose. One of my new favorite salad combos.

      2. Roast it. Use in sandwiches with mayo and other roasted veggies such as eggplant and red pepper. On homemade pizza. With pasta. With salmon. With beef. Douse blanched asparagus in a vinaigrette and serve as a salad or as an ingredient with other veggies in a salad. Blanched and rolled up in bacon or prosciutto. Serve blanched or roasted with shaved Parmesan Reggiano on crostini. Blanched or roasted and use as an omelette filling ...

        1. I second the soup idea. But save the very tips, blanch them before you do the stalks, add them to the puree later. I like to have one tender-crisp tip per spoonful of soup if possible.

          1. I agree with a pp that it's nice with olive oil, salt, and pepper in the oven.

            I also like to put it in a casserole dish with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, whole wheat bread crumbs, and pecorino romano cheese. Bake it for about 20 minutes...yummy.

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            1. re: rizzo0904

              How about a white lasagne with asparagus -- freeze it for later consumption. My very favourite casseroley pasta dish!

              1. re: rizzo0904

                Try roasting with olive oil, salt, and fresh nutmeg. I think it's even better than using S&P.