Sweet corn, eggplants, okra, peppers: They’re all summer veggies we can’t wait to pick up at the farmer’s market and sneak into our dishes. In the meantime, we’re all about the currently-in-season, ever-so-versatile asparagus. And clearly, so is Food Network star Ina Garten, who just shared a brand-new cacio e pepe asparagus recipe the entire family will actually love — yes, including the kids.
“Asparagus season is here, and my Cacio e Pepe Asparagus is beyond easy to make!” Garten wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of grated cheese-dusted asparagus.
All you need to make this fresh take on asparagus are seven ingredients, a couple of which you might already have on-hand: asparagus spears, unsalted butter, lemon, kosher salt, black pepper, grated Italian Pecorino and Italian parmesan cheese, and fleur de sel (a fancy way of saying sea salt).
To start, preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and then boil some water with a couple tablespoons of salt. As you wait for that to boil, cut the ends of the asparagus off (as you do), and peel the ends. Once boiled, toss those spears into the pot and blanch ’til al dente. Then, coat the asparagus with a buttery, salt-and-pepper mix, sprinkle with your two grated cheeses, bake ’em, drizzle a bit of lemon juice, sprinkle with sea salt, and — voila! — the kids’ (and your) new favorite side dish is ready.
You can get the full cacio e pepe roasted asparagus recipe at Ina Garten’s website, Barefoot Contessa.
Garten recommends pairing her cacio e pepe roasted asparagus with a main course, like roast chicken or pasta, of which fellow Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis has plenty — check them out below.
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