Absurdly Addictive Asparagus

Oh yes, it’s asparagus season!  Sure, you can find it in the grocery store year round but this delectable harbinger of Spring just simply tastes better this time of year.  Here’s a fantastic asparagus recipe we made just the other night.  It truly is…”absurdly addictive” and so easy to make.  How can you go wrong with asparagus, pancetta and pine nuts?   It’s from a great website which is tailor made for foodies like us.  Food52.com.


(Serves 4)


  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed and sliced into 2 inch pieces on the bias
  • 1 1/4 cup leek, thinly sliced crosswise (white and pale green parts only)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1-2 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1.  In a large non-stick pan, sauté pancetta, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until crisp and lightly golden.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to pan. Add asparagus pieces and leek and sauté until asparagus is tender crisp, about 3-4 minutes.

3.  Add garlic, lemon and orange zest, toasted pine nuts and parsley and sauté for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper and salt and serve immediately.





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