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Springtime Bliss: Indulge in 27 Delectable Asparagus Appetizers, Soups & Main Dishes

It’s time for asparagus! It is a brief season, so we eat them as often as we can, and now with this roundup of 27 appetizer, soup and main dish recipes you will be endlessly inspired. We have low carb, vegan, 30-minute recipes, gluten-free, grilled, roasted, fancy dishes, easy dishes, and have even thrown in basic grilling instructions.

And did you know that etiquette experts say it is proper to eat asparagus spears with your fingers? It’s true! (PS: if they are in something saucy, use your fork and knife).

Pasta Primavera

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Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This pasta dish simply screams spring, and it is made in one pan and features gluten-free penne, loads of fresh arugula and spinach, chives, asparagus, peas, fresh herbs and Parmesan. Get the recipe.

Vegan Couscous Salad Bowl

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 Photo credit: Regi Pearce.

This easy and quick vegan pearl couscous salad with a lemon vinaigrette is perfect for vegan lunches, picnics, potlucks, travel, or as a simple side to your favorite plant-based meals. It’s light yet satisfying, blending fresh veggies like beets and asparagus with nutty couscous and a zesty, herby lemon dressing that’s all about spring vibes. Get the recipe.

Asparagus Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust

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Celebrate springtime with this delicious and healthy asparagus quiche with gluten free sweet potato crust. This easy quiche is made of 7 ingredients and is perfect for brunch, Easter or any springtime family gathering! Get the recipe.

Golden Saffron Risotto with Asparagus

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This Golden Saffron Risotto with Asparagus is delicate and aromatic, filled with spring veggies like green asparagus, sweet peas and a touch of parmesan.

I wouldn’t dare to call this dish “Risotto alla Milanese” since it contains some asparagus and peas, but truth be told, it’s pretty similar. Also, the original Risotto alla Milanese is usually made with beef broth and is the only risotto generally not served as a “primo,” first course, but as a side dish. Usually served with Ossobuco, this risotto is the king of the North (…of Italy, not Westeros…). For this Saffron Risotto with Asparagus particular recipe, I consider it a “main meal,” but it could also be served as a Primo or side dish. Get the recipe.

Tasty & Quick Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry

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This quick and easy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe is going to wok your world. Made up of juicy shrimp, crunch asparagus, and a light but delicious sauce, this yummy dish makes for a perfect lunch or dinner. Read on for the full recipe!

Prosciutto Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

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Prosciutto Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles are perfect for parties! These puff pastry bundles are easy to make and can be enjoyed as an appetizer, as part of a brunch, or as a main on their own. Get the recipe.

Casarecce Pasta With Asparagus And Peas

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 Photo credit: Scarlati Family Kitchen.

This easy casarecce pasta with asparagus and peas is light and perfect for spring and summer. Fresh roasted asparagus is tossed with peas, fresh garlic and grana Padano cheese to make a light and flavorful sauce. Get the recipe.

Vegan Asparagus Sushi Rolls

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 Photo credit: Olives for Dinner.

These vegan asparagus sushi rolls are fresh and full of flavor! This vegan tempura batter is so light and crunchy. Pairing crisp asparagus with creamy avocado creates delicious and vibrantly green vegan sushi rolls. Stay in and make this easy homemade vegan sushi recipe that also happens to be gluten-free! Get the recipe.

Easy Asparagus Tart

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This asparagus tart made with puff pastry is a simple and delicious recipe that can work as a main course, with salad for a light lunch or cut into little pieces as a party appetizer. Get the recipe.

Baked Boursin And Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus 

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This baked Boursin and prosciutto wrapped asparagus is creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor. This recipe takes roasted asparagus to a whole new level! Get the recipe.

Asparagus Mushroom Pasta (vegan)

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 Photo credit: Emily Miller.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy vegan meal that is delicious and nutritious, look no further than this easy one-pot Vegan Asparagus Mushroom Pasta recipe.

The combination of asparagus and mushrooms gives the dish a wonderful earthy flavor, while the thyme adds a touch of sophistication. You can make this comforting meal in less than 30 minutes any night of the week! Get the recipe.

One-Pot Whole-Wheat Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Parmesan

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So easy, with such amazing flavors! This One-Pot Whole-Wheat Pasta with Asparagus, Peas and Parmesan is at the delicious crossroads of light, fresh spring flavors and a big comfort-food hug. Seriously good any time of year, but the flavors are spot-on, sunshine-y springtime! Bonus: this skillet meal comes together so simply, in just one pot, and can even be made entirely ahead and quickly reheated on busy evenings! Get the recipe.

Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Asparagus

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Full of flavor and super easy to make, this Lemon Chicken and Asparagus is made on a sheet pan for a simple dinner option. It’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo as well as family-friendly. It’s packed with veggies and very flavorful thanks to the Herbs de Provence along with the zesty lemon. It’s all rounded out with a touch of maple syrup which makes this dinner a surefire crowd pleaser. Get the recipe.

How to Grill Asparagus to Perfection

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Learning how to grill asparagus is incredibly simple, and it’s a veggie that tastes fantastic with just about everything! Tender asparagus is an easy spring side dish, and perfect for Easter or any time when they are fresh at the market. Keep reading – I’ll show you how to grill perfectly tender spears every time, and in just 3 easy steps!! Get the recipe.

Asparagus Soup with Brie Croutons

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Photo credit: Cara The Gourmet Bon Vivant.

You want to know how to liven up your asparagus soup, and make it hella gourmet? Add brie croutons to it. Don’t worry, they’re ridiculously easy and well worth it. The soup itself is top-notch, but the brie croutons? Lights out. Get the recipe.

Asparagus Beef Stir Fry Recipe, Nut-Free & Delicious

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Learn how to make this Asparagus Beef Stir Fry as well as some general stir frying techniques to make your stir fries taste amazing. Get the recipe.

Asparagus Brunch Pizza

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 Photo credit: Lisa Johnson.

I’m still not exactly sure WHY this egg topped pizza seemed appealing to me, but I carried the magazine around the grocery store and purchased all of the ingredients to go home and make one myself! Guess what? I LOVED it!! The asparagus and onions melted into the fontina cheese, and the egg mixed with the Parmigiano-Reggiano to create a “sauce” that pulled it all together…who knew? Get the recipe.

Creamy Asparagus Ravioli with Sausage and Peas 

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 Photo credit: Meryl Downing.

Creamy Asparagus Ravioli with Sausage and Peas brings out the best in that seasonal spring asparagus! With a simple cream sauce, this delicious dinner is fancy looking but ready in just 20 minutes! Get the recipe.

Vegan Cream Of Asparagus Soup

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 Photo credit: Jelly Zhang.

Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup is a light and creamy puréed soup that that takes just half an hour to cook. Great way to use up those tough asparagus stalks and ends. The luscious texture of this soup is thanks to oats and stir in some Vegan Yogurt at the end for some tangy zing. Get the recipe.

Baked Asparagus Dip

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Enjoy a rich and velvety baked asparagus dip that is full of fresh and earthy flavors and aromatic spices. Serve this cream cheese asparagus appetizer with your favorite party dippers such as crackers, bread, veggie sticks or tortilla chips. Get the recipe.

Easy Cream of Asparagus Soup

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Cream of asparagus soup, a wonderfully easy and delicious recipe that screams of spring/early summer with delicate flavours and a silky texture. It’s a recipe that takes just over 30 minutes to prepare and cook and it can be made 2-3 days in advance if needed. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto

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You are going to love this Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto. No more sweating over the stove – this Instant Pot method is the easiest way to make risotto! Made with arborio rice, asparagus, freshly grated Parmesan and lemon, this is a delicious vegetarian meal or side dish. Get the recipe.

Baked Salmon and Asparagus

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This Baked Salmon and Asparagus will have you devouring dinner, and loving that clean-up is a breeze!

In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a delicious and healthy salmon recipe that’s loaded with flavor with a built-in side dish! Get the recipe.

Cheesy Asparagus Gnocchi Bake

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An indulgent creamy, cheesy baked gnocchi with tender asparagus. This one pan, no boil gnocchi recipe could not be easier – just dump the ingredients into a casserole dish and bake it in the oven! This vegetarian bake can fit lots of asparagus, with room for extra veggies if you wish! Get the recipe.

Asparagus Subzi Recipe

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Asparagus Subzi Recipe – This is dry stir-fry preparation of asparagus recipe Indian style. Goes perfect with roti/paratha/naan.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Asparagus Pasta

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Lemon Garlic Shrimp Asparagus Pasta is an easy, elegant meal ideal for weeknights, date nights, or dinner parties. Fresh shrimp gets a flavor boost from aromatic garlic and zesty lemon. Tossed in a light cream sauce over linguine- this pasta is a big bowl of happy. Get the recipe.

Chicken Asparagus Bake

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Tender chicken breasts are mixed with fresh asparagus, onions, cheese, and more to create an appetizing and super easy creamy chicken asparagus bake. This casserole is easily one of my favorite asparagus recipes! Get the recipe.

Want To Make The Most Of Asparagus Season? 25 Sides & Salad Dishes Hearty Enough For A Meal

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We can’t get enough asparagus, and when their season hits, we gather them up and head to the kitchen. These 25 recipes are the best side dishes and salads, from classic grilled to unusual combinations, vegan and vegetarian, and even instructions on how to make the best white asparagus. Many of these recipes are hearty enough for a light main dish. READ: Want To Make The Most Of Asparagus Season? 25 Sides & Salad Dishes Hearty Enough For A Meal

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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