early may is prime asparagus season in st. louis photo courtesy of keegan houser via unsplash

9 asparagus recipes to make this spring

Farmers markets are flooded with asparagus right now. This versatile early spring vegetable can be roasted, grilled, steamed, sauteed or even shaved and eaten raw atop a salad. Here are some of our favorite ways to cook asparagus:

1. Asparagus pesto can be used as a sauce for pasta or served as a spread or dip with bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. 

2. Top roasted asparagus with a poached egg and a lemon-dill butter for a decadent vegetarian entree. 

roasted asparagus and lemon with chunky pesto // photo by meera nagarajan

3. Roasted lemon pesto transforms basic roasted asparagus into a showstopping side. 

4. This asparagus and green onion pizza screams spring. 

5. This marinated asparagus antipasto is so simple to make, it almost doesn’t need a recipe (but we made one for you, just in case). 

plant-based cashew cream pasta with asparagus // photo by carmen troesser

6. This lemon-cashew cream sauce is so rich, they’ll never know this asparagus penne dish is vegan. 

7. Forget crispy onions – crispy fried asparagus shavings take this leek, potato and asparagus soup to the next level. 

8. This Tuscan kale, asparagus and snap pea slaw is a trifecta of springtime goodness. 

pickled asparagus // photo by carmen troesser

9. Went a little overboard at the market? Pickled asparagus will last months and is perfect salads or bloody marys year-round. 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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