Sauteed Garlic Asparagus – $.21

Tonight I debunked my own assumption that asparagus was a bit too expensive for this site. My friends, if you haven’t branched out to cook fresh asparagus, you must! My love for it has been rekindled. And please, for the love of vegetables, do NOT buy canned asparagus even if you’re desperate. What a disgrace. I was also lucky enough to find it on sale- usually $3.99/lb. but I found it for $1.50/lb., so only $1.74 for a huge bunch of it. Holla!

So here’s your asparagus. Introduce yourselves. I cut enough for one very large serving, or two smaller servings.

The way I like to cook them is by cutting them down the middle, then in half. They cook quicker and don’t get mushy.

Boil a few cups of water and throw the asparagus in to blanch them. They only need to be blanched for about 30-45 seconds, don’t, don’t, don’t overcook them!

Drain and set aside.

In a heated greased pan, add a little bit of fresh garlic and finely chopped onion if you have some. (I personally used a little bit of butter in this, but olive oil is the healthier alternative of course).

Immediately throw in the asparagus. Add a pinch of salt. Cook for only a few minutes on medium-high heat until you start to see color in the asparagus, or until the garlic becomes browned.

Serve hot!

And if you’re feeling extra snazzy, add a tiny bit of freshly grated pecorino, asiago or parmesan cheese.

YOU GUYS! This was soooo good. You must try it.

1.15 pounds asparagus (about 8 servings) – $1.74
1 serving asparagus: $.21

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  1. I’ve made this several times. We were all shocked to discover we like asparagus! At least, when it’s covered in garlic and butter…
    This recipe is amazingly simple and amazingly delicious. Thank you so much!

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  5. My whole family loves sauteed asparagus. We usually just use olive oil and sea salt. I can not wait to try it with the garlic… it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!