Monday, May 16, 2011

Sauteed Asparagus with Linguine and an Update

First things first! Here is an update on the thermostat intervention, LOL. I did go and buy a new, upgraded thermostat, the one that my husband should have gotten in the first place. Then we have a friend who is an electrician, who came over with all of his tools to test the furnace, air conditioner, and wiring. He discovered that the wire from the thermostat to the furnace and air conditioner was broken, so he fixed it . Yahoo!  We now have heat, it's 39 as I type,air conditioning, and a new thermostat.  All is good in the Higgins household!

Now for Asparagus!  I love asparagus, grilled, sauteed, crunchy, any way you cook it I like it, especially with pasta, lemon, and basil, however I forgot to buy fresh basil, so we added garlic instead. Sometimes, we add cooked chicken, shrimp,  or even scallops, but that night we just had the asparagus and pasta, so good. This meal is so  easy and quick, perfect a week night dinner, and it' so good.  Perfect with a glass of wine too.  Don't wait to  long to make this, or the fresh asparagus will be gone!

This meal without any chicken or seafood, is a perfect vegetarian meal, and if you  use Earth Balance, instead of the butter, it can be vegan.


1Tbsp butter
1Tbsp olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1lb of fresh asparagus, cleaned, cut in 2 in. pieces
1 tsp of dried basil, or use fresh basil, if you have it
1 lemon juice and zest
Linguine cooked to al dente
Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat Saute pan to med-high heat.  Add butter and olive oil,  Saute garlic for 2 minutes. Add cleaned, cut asparagus, and basil, saute for about 5 min, until it turns a darker green.Add lemon juice and zest.  Serve over cooked linguine, and top with grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Men and women and thermostats. Will there ever be peace? hahaha!

  2. Oh, Becky, this looks fabulous! Simple but delicious flavors...the perfect spring dish :)

  3. This looks really good! I can't wait to get some fresh asparagus from the Farmer's Market and try it out (the asparagus selling in the stores around here looks awful).

  4. I'm glad to hear that the thermostat situation is under control...and I'm glad you shared this recipe. My mom adores asparagus. This made me think of her! I'm sorry I have been so absent these past few weeks. It has been so good to return to you and your lovely blog! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a wonderful day.

  5. gorgeous dish! lovely snap the pics you post :) My stomach is rumbling looking at that plate :P

  6. Katrina- there was a peaceful resolution to our thermostat intervention:)

    Lizzy- Thank you for your kind words.

    Patty-I had to buy mine in the store, but it should be in the Farmer's Markets, soon.

    Monet- So glad to see you back here! Asparagus is like a rite of Spring, which has been alluding us here in Chicago!

  7. Suchi- Thank you for the kind words:)

  8. mmmm that looks so yummy good! I love me some asparagus and I'll take it anyway that you give it to me. :)
    I also had to replace the thermostat few days ago! And it was actually 90 degrees out when it happened... we melted for a few hours. Now it's back to 51 degrees...

  9. Perfect spring dish! I love asparagus any way it's prepared too :)

  10. Hi Becky! Asparagus.... the perfect spring food! It is just amazing, fresh out of the garden as it snaps between your teeth! Lucky you enjoying that lovely pasta dish....

  11. Yum this looks really tasty. I love asparagus, your dish looks perfect! and about that thermostat ... I'm glad it all ended well.

  12. Kate- Looks like I wasn't the only one, who had thermostat problems:)

    Meghan-Thanks for your kind words!

    Megan- There's nothing better than fresh asparagus.

    Chris- Thank you for your comments. All is well that ends well, as far as the thermostat goes!


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