Asparagus is known for their tender texture and tart flavor and can make great additions to many meals. They are considered to be a part of the Lily family and are related to garlic, leeks and onions. Asparagus peak in the spring but not many know that it takes about 3 years to get there. From seed to harvest it feels like an eternity but the pay off is well worth the wait. Asparagus is considered a perennial plant which means once an asparagus plant is ready to harvest that plant will provide for about 15 years.

They happen to be extremely nutritious and are an excellent source of folate, fiber, and Vitamin A, C, E, and K. Some sources consider asparagus to be great cancer-fighting foods as well as promote a healthy brain. Due to its tart flavor picky eaters tend to often turn their noses up at the site of it. If you’re looking to please those picky eaters or are in search of trying something new you’ll want to check out these 18 delicious asparagus recipes.

1. Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus

If you have picky eaters in your house and buttery asparagus just aren’t cutting it anymore then give this cheesy asparagus recipe a try instead. With only 2 main ingredients you’ll have this tasty side dish cooked quickly.

They will only take you 15 minutes to bake and can feed the whole family. This recipe comes equipped with tips and tricks on how to roast asparagus to perfection. One secret is to roast the asparagus first then top with mozzarella cheese and broil until it’s bubbly and golden. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES

2. Baked Eggs And Asparagus With Parmesan

If you’re like me and generally think of asparagus as a lunch and dinner food item then you have got to try this. Step outside the box and try asparagus for breakfast with this wonderful baked meal.

You will only need 4 simple ingredients and an oven safe baking dish. This meal comes together as easy as chopping up asparagus and pouring a cracked egg on top. Top it off with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper for some added flavor and you’ll have this breakfast ready to enjoy swiftly. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KALYNS KITCHEN

3. Ravioli With Tomatoes Asparagus Garlic And Herbs

Pasta meals are often comforting but there’s something about ravioli that makes a dish extra special. I think of them as little soft pillows that are filled with delicious ingredients that truly melt in your mouth.

To save time and to make this recipe super easy you’ll want to use store-bought ravioli. For this dish, you’ll specifically want to buy a four cheese ravioli. It will pair perfectly with the crunchy asparagus and savory tomatoes. Then you’ll smother everything in a buttery garlic and balsamic vinegar sauce. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKING CLASSY

4. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

With only 2 ingredients these prosciutto wrapped asparagus will yield you one enticing side dish. Prosciutto is typically salty on its own and holds a lot of flavor which is why it pairs very nicely with a something tart like asparagus.

This side dish cooks in the oven and only takes 15 minutes. You can finish it by sprinkling lemon zest for an added bold flavor and garnish. You’ll want to make extra because they’ll get snatched up quickly as soon as everyone tries them. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JOYFUL HEALTHY EATS

5. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

If you don’t love prosciutto then you’ll want to give these bacon wrapped asparagus a try. This recipe uses the same method of the prosciutto wrapped asparagus but uses bacon instead.

These delicious treats will take about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. If you need to cut down on time you could prepare them ahead of time and stick in the fridge until you’re ready to cook. Many of us love easy dishes and that is why these would make a great addition to many meals that the whole family will enjoy. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLESOME YUM

6. Garlic Shrimp Asparagus Skillet

Low-carb dishes can still be satisfying and filling and this garlic shrimp and asparagus skillet surely won’t disappoint. This is a great meal to make for hectic weeknights because it’ll only take you about 20 minutes.

All you will need is jumbo peeled shrimp, mushrooms, asparagus and a few seasonings. The secret to achieving a crispy, savory perfection is to cook all the ingredients in grass-fed ghee butter and olive oil. We already know asparagus pair well with salmon so there’s no wonder why it would work great with shrimp too. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

7. Easy Quiche With Asparagus, Mushrooms And Cheddar

Asparagus can even make an attractive ingredient in a dish like a quiche. This recipe will help you make ready-made breakfasts to enjoy all week. You could even consider making this recipe if you’re hosting or attending a brunch.

You can start with a store-bought pie crust. Then you’ll fill it with fresh ingredients such as asparagus and mushrooms. Next, you’ll need to mix the egg mixture but before you pour it in the pie crust you’ll want to add a layer of cheesy goodness. Then all you’ll have to do it wait for it to bake. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE KITCHEN

8. Spring Pesto Pasta With Asparagus And Chives

Pasta dishes are some of the most comforting and filling meals out there and this recipe is no different! The best part about this pasta dish is it tastes great served both warm and cold. This means you can enjoy this recipe all year long.

You’ll want to begin this meal by cooking the asparagus first. Then you’ll want to cook farfalle (bow tie) pasta. Next, you’ll combine basil pesto (either homemade or store-bought, your choice), with mozzarella cubes and parmesan cheese to complete this alluring meal. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: AHEAD OF THYME

9. Creamy Parmesan Orzo With Chicken And Asparagus

This dish combines creamy textures with cheesy flavor resulting in one delicious wholesome dinner. It also makes for an easy weeknight dinner because it can come together in just 30 minutes. Another bonus is it’s made completely in a single pot, easy cooking and easy cleanup, we love it!

To make it extra comforting, this recipe starts with an orzo pasta base. Then combines chicken broth, grated parmesan cheese and half-and-half to make it extremely creamy and cheesy. Last but not least, on top of all the delightful seasonings, you’ll combine with chicken breast and tender asparagus. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRAVING HOME COOKED

10. Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad

This salad recipe makes for an excellent healthy lunch or side dish. At only 150 calories per serving and packed with nutrients from all the flavorful ingredients, you’ll want to make this regularly.

This recipe also remains gluten-free and meat-free. The base of this salad is protein-rich quinoa that is added to crispy baked asparagus, pecans, seasonings and sharp goat cheese. Its unique flavor will have you craving it again and again. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JOYFUL HEALTHY EATS

11. Creamy Asparagus And Leek Soup

We often crave warm savory soup in the colder months or when we’re feeling under the weather but this soup, you’ll crave all year round. Considering asparagus peak in the spring makes it the perfect spring and summer soup to make. Soups often freeze well too so don’t be afraid to make extra batches to enjoy for months to come.

With just 7 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, you’ll be enjoying this savory soup in no time. It begins with sauteed asparagus, garlic and leeks. This will help soften everything but also makes the fresh ingredients more fragrant. You can make this soup in a blender or on the stove top, either way, it’ll turn out great! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: GLUTEN FREE VEGAN PANTRY

12. Asparagus and Lemon Basil Ricotta Stuffed Salmon Rolls

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy salmon then you definitely need to try out this recipe. These salmon roll-ups are full of amazing flavors and will definitely fill you up.

You’ll want to start with salmon fillets however trout would work really well too, whichever you have on hand. Then you’ll stuff them with an outstanding ricotta mixture that includes fresh basil and lemon zest. Lastly, you’ll add the asparagus prior to rolling up. You’ll bake these in the oven and while they’re cooking you can make the delicious homemade asparagus pesto. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CLOSET COOKING

13. Asparagus Fries

I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like crispy fries. They’re crunchy, savory and delicious! Fries may be tasty but they are high in carbohydrates. Potatoes have about 17 grams of carbs per serving whereas asparagus have about 4 grams. When your fries craving arrises you’ll want to give these asparagus fries a try for a healthier alternative.

Asparagus make awesome “veggie” fries because of their shape, length and because they hold their shape very well. To achieve the crispy outer layer you’ll want to combine panko breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. To help bind the crispy outer layer to the asparagus you’ll give them an egg bath first. Then you’ll bake these to achieve the perfect crispy asparagus fries. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KIRBIE CRAVINGS

14. Asparagus Smoked Salmon Sushi

I like to leave sushi making to the professionals but this recipe shows you how you can make it in your own home too! The instructions are quite easy to follow and will probably have you making your own sushi rolls weekly!

Prior to assembling the sushi, you’ll want to bake the asparagus with a bit of sesame oil to make them crisp and tender. Once they’re done cooking you’ll be ready to start preparing your sushi rolls. In these rolls along with the asparagus, you’ll find smoked salmon, greek cream cheese and sriracha sauce to spice things up! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SUMPTUOUS SPOONFULS

15. Asparagus And Brie Puff Pastry With Thyme Honey

Puff pastry recipes make for some flaky, buttery and delicious meals. You could easily use this as an appetizer for a party, serve as a lunch or even as a light dinner.

To begin these delightful treats you’ll want to purchase frozen puff pastry. When you’re ready to whip these up you’ll thaw the pastry then fill with sharp brie and trimmed asparagus. Give the pastries an egg wash and bake until golden perfection. Serve them with a delicious thyme and honey sauce that’ll make them so crave-worthy! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HALF BAKED HARVEST

16. One-Pan Sausage With Sweet Potato And Asparagus

Easy weeknight dinners can be the saving grace in maintaining our sanity. This delicious meal is ready to eat in 15 short minutes and is all made on one-pan. Convenient and efficient, we love it!

This recipe will provide you and your family with a well rounded wholesome meal. You’ll get your protein from smoked sausage and loads of nutrients from asparagus and sweet potatoes. Considering this dish already has everything you’ll need to make it a complete meal you won’t have to cook any additional side dishes. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

17. Vegan Asparagus Risotto

If you love risotto but want a healthier option then you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try. You know longer have to save a meal like this for special occasions or dinners out.

This recipe is also completely dairy-free which is great for those who are plant-based or have an allergy. Nutritional yeast is what gives this dish its cheesy and unforgettable flavor. You’ll still find rice in this traditional Italian dish and asparagus help give this meal an added crunch. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

18. Easy Cheesy Asparagus Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is often a crowd pleaser and that is why so many restaurants have it on their appetizer menu. This spinach dip gets enhanced with a secret ingredient, asparagus! It’s fairly easy to make and will surely be highly addictive once you try it.

You’ll want to begin by blanching the asparagus to achieve a softer texture. Then you’ll blend them in a food processor with cream cheese, garlic and parmesan cheese. When that’s complete you’ll want to saute the spinach in a skillet. Then you’ll combine all the ingredients into the skillet, add fresh mozzarella on top and bake until a bubbly perfection. This dip is so filling you could eat it as a lunch or serve as a side to your dinner. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEAS AND CRAYONS

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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