Asparagus Noodles ♥

Today's vegetable recipe: Thin strips of asparagus stems, gently sautéed. Quick. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point.

The local asparagus won't arrive for a couple of weeks but there's no avoiding the temptation of the first asparagus from the supermarket.

These quick-cooked asparagus 'noodles' were absolutely delicious. I used a vegetable peeler to 'noodle-ize' fat spears of asparagus, then cooked them in nothing more than butter -- a splash of lemon juice might be nice too. SO simple. SO good.



VEGETABLE RECIPES from the ARCHIVES
~ more ways to cook asparagus~

ASPARAGUS NOODLES

Hands-on time: Maybe 10 minutes
Time to table: Maybe 15 minutes
Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (fat spears are best)
1 tablespoon butter
Splash of lemon juice (if you like)
Salt & pepper to taste

Snap woody ends off asparagus and discard. Slice off the tips and if you like, save for something else. With a vegetable peeler, slice lengthwise along each spear, creating a 'noodle'. Reserve the first and last mostly-skin noodles for something else. Heat the butter in a non-stick skillet on MEDIUM til shimmery. Add the asparagus noodles and stir to coat with fat. Let cook, stirring occasionally, til soft and buttery. If cooking the tips, add about halfway through the cooking time. Season to taste and serve immediately.


KITCHEN NOTES
This recipe is best for 'fat' spears of asparagus since there's a higher proportion of flesh:skin.
The first and the last noodles were 'too much skin' and so next time, I'd save them and maybe the tips for something else, perhaps a raw asparagus salad.


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11 comments:

What a great idea! Saving the recipe right now.

I know this is pretty late, seeing as how pi day was weeks ago, but I got a chuckle and thought you would, too.

http://thepostitproject.blogspot.com:80/2008/03/katz-and-pi.html

I love your recipes, and have converted all of my friends into Veggie Evangelist converts as well. I have even put a few recipes into the newsletter I publish for my daughter's nursery school, and have converted a number of those parents too!

Ha -- very funny, Pamela! Thanks for much for sharing the Pi Day cartoon!

I've never thought to do this to asparagus! Brilliant!

Great, great idea! Thank you for including the WW points!

I just bookmarked your blog!

Amanda

There is no such thing as too many asparagus recipes, especially when the recipe teaches us a wonderful new technique. Thanks!

Yum, this is really an awesome idea! sending to delicious!

Too many asparagus recipes? There is no such thing. I've been buying two bunches each week, and we eat every last bite. Now, I'll have to try your noodles!

Have you seen this?

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

I just thought it was pretty interesting! They have just about anything in there!

Hi Lauren -- Oh yes, I've seen the USDA nutritional database. The nutrition analysis software that I use is based on the same database. I suspect that all software is, at least those from American companies.

Interesting idea. Thanks for it!

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