Roasted Asparagus and Pine Nuts

by simplylife on April 25, 2012

Pumpkin lattes and apple crisp mean fall.

Hearty soups filled with cabbage and potatoes bring memories of saying warm in winter.

Strawberries and fresh basil make me think of summer.

Munching on long asparagus stalks is what makes me think of flowers blooming and longer days in spring.

While the season of asparagus is short-lived, I feel like that just adds to why I love this vegetable so much.    Whether it’s in savory crepes or a quick and easy naan flatbread I just can’t get enough of these green stalks.

This is the perfect dish that truly lets the delicious flavors and textures of asparagus shine.

Roasted Asparagus and Pine Nuts

by Simply Life

Adapted from Food Network 

Keywords: roast appetizer side vegetarian vegan asparagus nuts spring


  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • Parsley, to taste
  • Lemon juice and zest from one lemon


Preheat oven to 375. Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast 15-20 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.

Meanwhile, place pine nuts in small skillet over medium heat and cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted. Set aside.

Mix asparagus with toasted pine nuts, parsley and lemon juice and zest. Serve and enjoy.

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  • Belinda

    I LOVE the seasons…all of them for their own special uniqueness and flavors. Yay to these!

  • itzyskitchen

    Light and easy! hmmm I do love pumpkin and cantaloupe…and berries…and squash…and…

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Looks great – asparagus definitely say spring to me!

  • Colleen

    I love asparagus! I am pretty sure it’s my fav spring veggie… This dish looks perfect!

  • Mom

    This dish looks so rich in nutrients and fun to eat!

  • meri

    Mmm asparagus has been delicious lately, I’ve been scooping it all up while its in its glory!

  • JoJo

    I’ve been eating a lot of asparagus too, it’s so good and easy to cook!
    I like the really skinny ones, it’s less stringy 🙂
    I love berries.. strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries… when they are in season and affordable, I buy a bunch and freeze some for dessert/smoothie!

  • Kari

    I am still getting the hang of preparing asparagus – clearly you have it all worked out though! This looks great 🙂

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    Asparagus is one of my favorite “spring” foods. That or the malted milk ball robin egg easter candy. But I doubt that really counts… 😉

    I’ve been doing the asparagus/zucchini combo in wraps with feta as of late. SO good.

    • Simply Life

      Oh that combo does sound good!

  • Hotly Spiced

    That’s a great recipe but what a stunning platter! I love it. The colours are amazing and bring out the colour in the food. And who doesn’t love asparagus and pine nuts! xx

  • Marialuisa Echeberria

    We are now in the middle of asparragus season, ours as you may already know are white, but I eat both kind…I love asparragus, but I´ve never eaten them with pinenuts, they look yummy. I know this because I love pinenuts too.

  • Bee

    I am not the biggest pine nut fan, so I’d probably sub for sliced almonds 🙂 They’re also cheaper!

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    Man, I LOVE asparagus! Yummmmm!

  • Christina Boudreaux

    omg that looks amazing. i must try it asap.

  • Jolene (

    Love asparagus, but I am allergic to pine nuts 🙁

  • Colleen

    I’m also trying to eat as much asparagus as possible this spring. It looks great with the pine nuts!

  • Tigerfish

    Me too! I eat a lot of asparagus in spring!

  • Yummychunklet

    I just bought a bag of pine nuts. This looks delicious!

  • sarah

    I’ve eaten an obscene amount of asparagus in the past two weeks. Definitely trying this…

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