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13 Recipes that Do Asparagus Proud

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No, asparagus aren’t regaled with quite the sing-it-from-the-rooftops-joyful reception that ramps or spring garlic or fiddleheads or other springtime crops herald. (Maybe it’s the whole asparagus pee thing; maybe they’re just seen as run-of-the-mill.) But, as I once saw them advertised at a Brooklyn grocery store, asparagus stands proud and firm:

Proud, firm asparagus.
Proud, firm asparagus.

As well it should: Hit asparagus just right, when slender and mossy and purply at the tips, and asparagus is springtime embodied—and, though easier to find than the ramps and fiddleheads, so green-tasting that it almost vibrates. It's simple in a simply good sort of way. And it's hardly run-of-the-mill. Here are 13 recipes that prove it:

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Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta
Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta
Asparagus with Spring Garlic Pesto
Asparagus with Spring Garlic Pesto
Pickled Asparagus
Pickled Asparagus
Alice B. Toklas' Asparagus in Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Alice B. Toklas' Asparagus in Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Vegan Lemon Asparagus Risotto
Vegan Lemon Asparagus Risotto
Patricia Wells' Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves
Patricia Wells' Asparagus Braised with Fresh Rosemary and Bay Leaves
Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup
Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup
Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Lemon-Mustard Sauce
Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Lemon-Mustard Sauce
Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto
Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto
Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Eggs Mimosa
Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter, Lemon, and Eggs Mimosa
Annie Wayte's Chilled Asparagus and Almond Soup
Annie Wayte's Chilled Asparagus and Almond Soup
Absurdly Addictive Asparagus
Absurdly Addictive Asparagus
The Jewels of the Spring Salad: Shaved Asparagus with Burrata, Radish & Cucumber
The Jewels of the Spring Salad: Shaved Asparagus with Burrata, Radish & Cucumber

How do you do asparagus proud? Share your recipes in the comments.

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