It is springtime in Northwest Arkansas! I always know it is finally spring when I start to see fresh Asparagus! I love fresh Asparagus roasted, toasted, steamed, or simmered. The crunch of perfectly cooked Asparagus is like no other!
Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K. Asparagus contains glutathione that helps the body break down free radicals. It is also a natural diuretic.
My current favorite recipe is Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus.
Simply turn on your oven to 400.
Snap the tough ends off of the Asparagus and place in a roasting pan.
Drizzle with Olive oil, then sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.
Roast until bright green, about 15 minutes.
Once the Asparagus is cooked, wrap 3-4 stalks (depending on size) in prosciutto. This will allow the heat from the Asparagus to melt the fat and warm the prosciutto.
A great option for Vegans and Vegetarians is to simply roast the Asparagus and not use the prosciutto.
Feel free to grate Parmesan or crumble your favorite goat cheese over the Asparagus while still hot from the oven.
Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones that allow you to enjoy the flavor of the Asparagus itself. A delightfully refreshing Spring treat!