Asparagus with Basil Pesto
Asparagus with Basil Pesto is about as quick and delicious as it gets for a low-carb side dish; just use purchased pesto if you don’t have fresh basil!
Lots of people who like my blog love the Five Ingredients category on the blog, where I feature tasty low-carb recipes with five ingredients or less. This Asparagus with Basil Pesto is a combination I stumbled on by accident years ago on a day when I had fresh asparagus and noticed a jar of pesto in the fridge. The pesto turned out to be fantastic with lightly cooked asparagus.
When I made the recipe again recently to take better photos, it was even better with my homemade Basil Pesto with Lemon, something I always make and freeze when my garden has an abundance of basil. But even if you my favorite Kirkland Basil Pesto, I promise that this will become one of your favorite ways to cook asparagus.
Check out My Favorite Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Pesto for more tasty ideas for using basil pesto!
How to Make Asparagus with Basil Pesto:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- I make big batches of Basil Pesto with Lemon and freeze it in mini-muffin tins. Then I seal the cubes in FoodSaver (affiliate link) bags so it’s easy to use take out a few when I need some pesto! You can definitely use purchased pesto if making pesto isn’t happening in your world!
- Start a pot of boiling, salted water; then trim the asparagus and cut on the diagonal into short pieces about 2 inches long.
- When the water comes to a boil, add the asparagus and cook not more than about 3 minutes (time it and test a piece!)
- Drain the hot asparagus into a colander placed in the sink.
- As soon as the asparagus has drained well, put in a bowl and add the pesto.
- Let it melt for a minute or two. Then toss the asparagus with the pesto.
- Serve immediately, with a little salt and pepper if you’d like! Yum!
More Favorite Ways to Cook Asparagus from Kalyn:
- 1 tsp. salt (for asparagus cooking water)
- 1 lb. fresh asparagus (or a little more)
- 1/4 cup basil pesto (see notes)
- Fill medium sized pot with water, add a generous amount of salt (as if you were salting the water for pasta) and bring to a boil.
- Be sure asparagus is clean, then break off the end of one piece to see where the woody stalk starts.
- Trim the other asparagus pieces to that size, then cut asparagus on the diagonal into pieces about 2 inches long.
- When the water comes to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Don’t overcook, use a timer!
- When asparagus is lightly cooked but still fairly crisp, drain it into a colander placed in the sink.
- When the water has drained, put the hot asparagus into a bowl; add the pesto, and let it melt for a minute or two.
- Then toss the asparagus with the pesto and serve immediately.
I used my Basil Pesto with Lemon, but purchased pesto will also work just fine for this!
Recipe created by Kalyn when she had leftover pesto in the fridge and some lovely fresh asparagus.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 676mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a perfect side dish for any low-carb, Keto, or low-glycemic diet and all phases of the original South Beach Diet. If you’re strictly following South Beach you might want a bit less pesto.
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