10 Recipes to Use Up a Bunch of Asparagus

When asparagus is abundant and fresh, all you want to do is cook tons of it. We have your recipes here!

Side by side images of meals that include asparagus. From left to right: Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus with lemon-mustard dressing, Creamy chicken and asparagus pasta, Oven-roasted salmon, asparagus and new potatoes.
Sara Bir

It feels right to eat asparagus in springtime. While it’s much easier now to find good asparagus year-round than it was five years ago (thanks to an increase in imported asparagus), the vegetable is still best in spring – particularly if you can find domestically grown (or locally grown) spears.

Now that you know how to buy and store asparagus and how to prep asparagus, it’s time to start cooking! Here are 10 of our favorite asparagus recipes.

  • Asparagus

    Asparagus
    Elise Bauer

    This simple, blanched asparagus is the perfect side dish. So incredibly simple, and it goes well with nearly everything. I have polished off entire platefuls for lunch and will gladly do so again.

  • Creamy Asparagus Soup

    Creamy Asparagus Soup
    Elise Bauer

    If you have asparagus that’s getting a little over the hill, use it up this way! It’s all pureed, so shriveled spears won’t be a problem.

  • Ham and Asparagus Strata

    Ham and Asparagus Strata
    Elise Bauer

    This hearty casserole is suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Think of it as a savory bread pudding. And you can assemble it up to a day ahead!

  • Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

    Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus
    Elise Bauer

    A satisfying midweek meal. Cook the asparagus directly in the pasta water to streamline prep. Use penne to echo the shape of the asparagus segments.

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  • Oven-Roasted Salmon, Asparagus and New Potatoes

    Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and New Potatoes
    Elise Bauer

    A sheet pan supper that’s satisfying and healthy. Ten minutes of prep, pop it in the oven, and dinner’s on the way.

  • Asparagus Frittata

    Asparagus Frittata
    Elise Bauer

    Eggs and asparagus were made for each other! And think beyond brunch. Sometimes I use leftover frittata as a sandwich filling.

  • Spring Minestrone Soup

    Spring Minestrone
    Elise Bauer

    Transition into a new season with an alluring, greens-packed soup. If you like, omit the artichokes and use an entire pound of asparagus.

  • Seared Scallops with Asparagus Sauce

    Seared Scallops with Asparagus Sauce
    Elise Bauer

    So pretty and so fancy, but not as much work as you’d think. Make this elegant dinner to impress someone you care about.

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  • Skillet Shrimp and Asparagus

    Skillet Shrimp Asparagus
    Elise Bauer

    Everything comes together quickly in this one-pan meal. Potatoes add some heft but keep it gluten-free.

  • Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Dressing

    How to roast potatoes with asparagus
    Sally Vargas

    It’s a veggie side, it’s a starch...and, with a few hard-boiled eggs, it’s a fabulous lunch the next day, too.