Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & manchego cheese

Sautéed asparagus, toasted almonds & manchego cheese

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6

Drizzle asparagus with nutty brown butter, top with toasted whole almonds and shavings of salty manchego for a springtime starter that's so simple to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal340
  • fat32g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.15g
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  • 36 asparagus spears



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g whole blanched almonds


    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • juice 1 lemon



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

  • 50g best-quality manchego cheese (or vegetarian hard cheese)



    Manchego is a popular, rich, creamy sheep's milk cheese that comes from the La Mancha region…


  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and plunge in the asparagus. Cook for 2-3 mins, drain, then leave them to sit somewhere warm.

  2. Next, put the butter into a cold pan with the almonds. Carefully heat it up, watching that the butter doesn’t get too dark. When it just turns golden brown and is beginning to foam, remove from the heat and pour in the lemon juice to stop the cooking.

  3. Arrange the asparagus onto 6 serving plates and spoon over some of the brown butter and almonds. Shave the cheese with a peeler, scatter over and serve.

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basil123's picture
2nd Mar, 2013
I think less butter would have been better. Very tasty. :)
3rd Dec, 2012
Quite nice, but I think the juice from a whole lemon was too much so would suggest trying 1/2 lemon juice first. The almonds didnt go brillliantly with this, so tried swapping for toasted pine nuts which seemed to work quite well.
29th Oct, 2011
Mind you, asparagus spears sauteed gently in olive oil with whole garlic cloves and served with a little lemon juice are lovely without any cheese...
29th Oct, 2011
Newbies might not have spotted this. Manchego cheese is NOT vegetarian: it is always made with calf rennet. Vege hard cheeses are rare and expensive. You need to look on-line if you don't have an exceptional delicatessen nearby.
29th Jun, 2011
can I substitue the almonds as I am allergic mildly to nuts?
10th May, 2011
peeleenb is right, the asparagus was not sauteed, but I followed the recipe and liked it a lot. was excellent as a side dish. easy, simple, and tasty.
6th Mar, 2011
did i miss something, where does the sauteed asparagus come in. two to three mins in hot water will not even cook very fine asparagus
7th Nov, 2010
This is a gorgeous combination of flavours and super easy. It makes a great dinner party starter when asparagus is in season.
4th Jul, 2010
I made this for a family get together and it went down very very well! Thanks alot!
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