It’s springtime, which signals the arrival of garden-fresh vegetables at every turn. From farmer’s markets to local restaurant fare, asparagus is making its way onto the menu for lunch and dinner plans. This warm asparagus spears with pine nuts recipe will help you kick off the farm-fresh season at the dinner table.

And why not? Asparagus is a super-healthy vegetable, leading the pack when it comes to folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving – about 5 spears – provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin — a nutrient that’s needed for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease.

In top of that, asparagus is very low-calorie — providing just less than 4 calories per spear.

Tender, but not overcooked asparagus is often a fine art that often needs a bit of practice. In this recipe, you will be steaming the asparagus lightly before it’s sautéed with red wine vinegar.

The final touch is chopped pine nuts sprinkled on top to add a bit of nutty flavor.

Warm Asparagus Spears with Pine Nuts

Warm Asparagus Spears with Pine Nuts


  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped pine nuts


Cut the ends of the asparagus stems and steam the spears on the stovetop for about 3 minutes - or in the microwave for about one minute in a small, covered casserole.

Once the asparagus has steamed, over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the red wine vinegar and asparagus and sauté for about 2 minutes.

When the asparagus starts to brown slightly, it’s ready.

Cprinkle it with salt and pepper and top with chopped pine nuts and serve.

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