Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts

Roasted Asparagus with Pine Nuts

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• Serves: 4
• Prep Time: 20 minutes

Roasted AsparagusDescription
Roasting is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook asparagus. Here we give it an extra flourish with a quick sauce of reduced balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 1/2 pounds asparagus
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spread pine nuts in a small baking pan and toast in the oven until golden and fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Increase oven temperature to 450° F. Snap off the tough ends of asparagus. Toss the asparagus with shallot, oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet with sides. Roast, turning twice, until the asparagus is tender and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring vinegar and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, swirling the pan occasionally, until slightly syrupy and reduced to 1 tablespoon, about 5 minutes. To serve, toss the asparagus with the reduced vinegar and sprinkle with the pine nuts.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving: 103 Calories; 5 g Fat (1 g saturated fat; 3 g Monounsaturated Fat);  153 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrates; 4 g Fiber; 5 g protein; 491 mg potassium.

Dietary Exchanges:
2 vegetable, 1 fat (mono)

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