Quick & Zesty Asparagus
Prep Time: 8 minutes Cooking Time: 2 minutes Yields: 4 people
1 bunch of medium sized asparagus, about 1 lb
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest - freshly grated lemon rind
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Rinse asparagus. Break or cut the tough, white bottoms and discard. Cut into 1 to 2 inch sections, slicing the asparagus at a slight diagonal.
2. Fill a medium sized saucepan half-way with water, bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and reduce heat slightly to a simmer. Parboil the asparagus for just 2 minutes. Drain the hot water.
3. While the asparagus is still hot, toss in a bowl with the olive oil, Parmesan, lemon juice and lemon rind. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or room temperature.
Notes: In just 10 minutes, a perfect side for any main course!