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Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

This is especially wonderful when locally grown asparagus is in season and so easy for celebrations because you can serve it hot or cold. This is how to bake asparagus. —Jannine Fisk, Malden, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Place the asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, salt and pepper; add to asparagus and toss to coat.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or just until asparagus is tender. Drizzle with remaining oil and the lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese and lemon aest. Toss to combine.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
  • For the ultimate flavor, use fresh produce when it’s in season. In spring, that means asparagus, peas, artichokes and fennel. In summer, eggplant, arugula, summer squash and tomatoes shine. Fall’s finest? Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and carrots, to name a few.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 95 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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