Asparagus & Parmesan pastries

Asparagus & Parmesan pastries

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
A chef's favourite treat is ready-rolled pastry. Perfect for a quick, easy, impressive supper, at any time of year

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal535
  • fat39g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.99g
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  • 6 tbsp mascarpone
  • 40g (or vegetarian alternative), grated Parmesan, plus extra shavings to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 3 tbsp finely chopped basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • zest ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry, quartered (then cut to the length of the asparagus)
  • 350g asparagus spear
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

To serve

  • good handful pretty salad leaves, such as rocket, basil, frisée and little red chard, tossed in vinaigrette


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the mascarpone with the Parmesan, basil and lemon zest, then season.

  2. Lift the pastry onto 2 trays, then score around the edges of each piece to make a thin border. Spread the cheese mixture within the borders.

  3. Toss the asparagus in the oil, then arrange the bundles on top of the pastry (these can be stacked a bit for height). Bake the pastries for 20-25 mins until golden, then serve warm topped with the dressed salad leaves and a few shavings of Parmesan.

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Comments (15)

wintsch's picture

Very easy and great as a starter or light lunch. I made 6 small individual tarts and served them at a dinner party and they were a big hit. Already looking forward to having them again.

sbloom's picture

This tasted delicious although didn't look too much like the picture as my pastry ballooned at the sides and pushed the topping into middle! The lemon flavour was lovely and refreshing.

zoe4purple's picture

I made this for a dinner party, as everybody else said, it was great as I made it in advance then just popped it in the oven when the guests arrived. The only comment I would make is that the oil left in the pan was shocking! It was so tasty though, I could have eaten double the quantity.

annsnolan's picture

Used this recipe as a starter for a dinner party, which was very well received. I was even asked for the recipe by two of my guests! Brilliant and will use again, when asparagus is in season again!

sianmaddocks's picture

Really simple and delicious. Worked perfectly. Careful about the amount of lemon zest that goes in!

_suzannie_'s picture

These are great for a party, you can have them prepared beforehand and just pop them in the oven when guests arrive. They are very tasty and were a hit with all my guests

rosw-s's picture

Please note that there is no such thing as vegetarian Parmesan cheese, you can buy a vegetarian substitute but it tastes nothing like real Parmesan.

samharling's picture

Sainsburrys stocks a vegetarian replacement for Parmesan it also stocks a powdered Parmesan replacement.

veggiepedant's picture

What Strictly Roots said. Very unfair to give this to your vegetarian friends!

clairehullmitchell's picture

Made this for the first time when we had friends round for dinner - 8 of us in total. Easy to prepare & tasted fab. Everyone really enjoyed them!

strictlyroots's picture

Please remember that Parmesan is NOT a vegetarian cheese.

christianpocchiesa's picture

Excellent, a joy for the table! and it is very easy to prepare!

tropicalfruits's picture

Easy to make, very tasty, used lime instead of lemon. Served it with new potatoes and a green salad.

aneleh's picture

Brilliant recipe and so simple. I served it with a wardorf and a charlotte potato salad. Yummy

patto4795's picture

These are absolutely delicious and very quick to make. The flavours are also beautifully balanced. We had a vegetarian friend round and as we are not, we just put a slice of proscuitto on top for the last 8 minutes of baking, which made them even better!

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