In Season: What We're Making with Asparagus

Last Updated March 27, 2016
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From soups to tarts and salads to pesto, here’s what we’re making with our favorite spring green (with no disrespect to peas, a close second).


Asparagus and Ricotta Soup

This simple asparagus soup gets its creaminess from ricotta, while the lemon juice brings the flavors to life.

Asparagus Cheese Tart

This is a super easy savory tart that spotlights fresh asparagus.

Roasted Asparagus with Ojai Pixies, Fennel and Mint

This vegan recipe requires a little less attention when ingredients are roasted in an oven, but it’s also divine when done on the grill using a grill pan. It makes a great first course when you...

Green Pea and Asparagus Bisque with Chive

Green Pea and Asparagus Bisque with Chive
Celebrating Sprouts of Spring. Possibly no two vegetables epitomize spring like peas and asparagus. Blanch, shock and freeze fresh asparagus to make this soup fresh any time of the year. This soup is...

Asparagus Salad

This is a variation on the Roasted Asparagus recipe that appeared in our first issue of Edible Santa Barbara in Spring 2009.

One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Asparagus

One-Pot Creamy Orzo with Asparagus
One night while making dinner, I made an interesting mistake: The pot I used to cook orzo was too small. As the pasta boiled and swelled, the liquid spilled all over the place creating a huge, sticky...

Asparagus Soup

asparagus soup illustration
The first time I made this soup, I knew I had done a good thing. It’s light, fresh, and tastes like spring. It brings the best of the vegetal flavors forward, and the lemon imparts a bright element.

Asparagus, Spring Herbs and Manchego Salad

This salad can be enjoyed all by itself, or perched atop whole or chopped greens—watercress is delicious—or used as a bruschetta topping when tomatoes are at their best. It’s also a great...

Asparagus Stock

Asparagus Stock
I make asparagus stock with the trimmed off ends of asparagus spears. You can hold the stock in the fridge, but it tends to ferment in a few days; so it is best to freeze or pressure can it. There is...

Creamy Asparagus Soup

This healthful, vegan soup gets its creaminess from cannellini beans instead of cream. It’s also higher in protein than one made with cream, and it is suitable for an entree.

Spring Onion and Quinoa Soup with Roasted Asparagus

Spring onion and quinoa soup
This soup is everything I want from a spring meal. Its broth is infused with the sweetness of spring onions, and high-protein quinoa adds just enough body to satisfy. I roast the asparagus first and...

Roasted Asparagus with Chopped Egg and Torn Bread

If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul. Today: Asparagus for the spring nights when you crave comfort, fast.

Asparagus Pesto

This puree is great to have on hand. It makes an excellent sauce for broiled fish or for pasta or ravioli, or a poached egg on an English muffin.
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