Photographer: Burris, Ken
Publish Date: 2008-10-01
Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Roasting is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook asparagus. Here we give it an extra flourish with a quick sauce of reduced balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts.
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread pine nuts in a small baking pan and toast in the oven until golden and fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
- Increase oven temperature to 450° F. Snap off the tough ends of asparagus. Toss the asparagus with shallot, oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet with sides. Roast, turning twice, until the asparagus is tender and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring vinegar and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, swirling the pan occasionally, until slightly syrupy and reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 5 minutes. To serve, toss the asparagus with the reduced vinegar and sprinkle with the pine nuts.
Per serving: 112 calories; 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 3g mono unsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 150 mg sodium; 491 mg potassium
Nutrtion Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value),Vitamin A (20% dv).
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat (mono)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
- Degree of Difficulty
- Special Health Consideration(s)
- Low Calorie
- Low Carb
- Low Sat Fat
- Low Sodium
- Heart Healthy
- Diabetes Appropriate
- Healthy Weight
- Seasons & Occassions
- Baby Shower
- Bridal Shower
- Mother's Day
- Father's Day
- Dish Type(s)
- Side Dishes
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