Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts

This Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts was completely amazing; if you like asparagus and Gorgonzola you will love this combination! And this side dish treat is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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When I first made Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts way back in 2006, I said it was one of the best tasting things I had ever eaten in my life.  Now years and years later this is still one of my favorite ways to cook asparagus, even though I’ve tried a lot more asparagus recipes since I first made this one.

Actually if the original photo had been better I’m sure I would have included this recipe with my 20 Favorite Low-Carb Asparagus Recipes, and when I realized that I made it again last week and took better photos! I’m still on a bit of an asparagus binge, and it’s still going on sale here, so there may be a couple more asparagus recipes coming up this spring.

My apologies to the asparagus haters; if you’re one of those people who just can’t get much asparagus love going, I think this recipe would be divine with those thin green beans that you get at Costco. Beans might take slightly longer to cook, but probably not much for the thin ones.

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I don’t usually buy the pre-crumbled Gorgonzola because it doesn’t last long in the fridge, so if you also have a block of Gorgonzola be sure it’s cold before you try to crumble it. Toast the pine nuts for 1-2 minutes in a small dry pan. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and then cut on the diagonal into pieces about 2 inches long.

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Heat the oil in a large pan, add the garlic cloves, and cook just until you smell garlic. Discard garlic, add the asparagus and saute 5-7 minutes, turning a few times. or until asparagus is getting barely tender and slightly starting to brown.

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You can add the gorgonola while the asparagus is still in the pan if you want it to melt as much as possible, but it looks a little prettier if you plate it immediately and add the gorgonzola on top of the hot asparagus on the plate. Sprinkle with pine nuts, season with a tiny bit of salt and fresh-ground black pepper as desired, and devour!

Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts
(Makes 4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many other asparagus recipes)

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 T olive oil (or slightly more, depending on your pan)
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola (depending on how much you like it!)
1-2 T toasted pine nuts
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I used a little pepper, but not much salt)

Crumble the gorgonzola so you have the desired amount, or measure it if you have pre-crumbled Gorgonzola. Put a small frying pan on burner and turn heat to high. Add pine nuts to dry pan and toast for 1-2 minutes, or until barely turning brown, shaking pan frequently. Remove from the pan so they don’t keep cooking. (You can toast the pine nuts while you cook the asparagus if you feel confident with two things cooking at once.)

Snap off a piece of asparagus to see where to cut off the tough ends, then trim all asparagus to that length and cut into on the diagonal into pieces about 2 inches long.

Put olive oil into large frying pan, turn heat to medium, add garlic and saute about 1 minute, or until you start to smell garlic. (Don’t let it brown or it will make your oil taste bitter rather than delightfully garlicky.) Take pan off of heat and remove garlic and discard.

Put pan back on heat, add asparagus, and saute about 5-7 minutes, turning frequently, until asparagus is barely starting to soften and brown slightly. Timing will depend completely on how hot your stove burner is; just get a fork and try one piece when you think it seems about done.

When asparagus is done, immediately plate the asparagus and crumble Gorgonzola over. (I used to crumble the Gorgonzola over the asparagus while it was still in the pan, but it gets a bit messy and now I wait until it’s on the plate.) Sprinkle with pine nuts.  Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper as desired.  Serve hot.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

This is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. Both Gorgonzola and pine nuts are high in fat, so keep that in mind if you’re strictly following South Beach.

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More Fabulous Ideas with Asparagus:
Low-Carb Sheet Pan Meals with Asparagus ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Asparagus with Manchego Cheese from The Perfect Pantry

Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Frittata with Ham and Asparagus ~ Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Lightly Steamed Asparagus with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grilled Marinated Chicken Asparagus Rolls ~ Apron Strings

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Memories for This Recipe:

This recipe was first posted in 2006 as part of Asparagus Aspirations at a no-longer-online blog called Seriously Good, sponsored by blogger Kevin Weeks. Kevin passed away in 2012, and I’m dedicating this recipe to his memory. His insight and cooking expertise were something he shared freely with many people, and he is greatly missed. And he was a blogger I used to “talk to” online quite often in the early days and I always hoped we might meet in person.
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44 comments on “Sauteed Asparagus with Melted Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts”

  1. This looks DELICIOUS!

  2. Wow, Kalyn — this looks divine. I’m going to have to try it!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Genie
    The Inadvertent Gardener

  3. With or without, you manage SO WELL anyway! Just look at this dish…I better make it to stop the drooling!

  4. Oh my goodness. I’ll have ten servings, please.

  5. AK, Genie, Ilva, and BNA, it tasted amazing. I’m eating the other half for lunch today. Thanks for visiting.

  6. This dish looks absolutely delicious! And I love the first tender asparagus of the year.

  7. I agree.. this looks so fantastic!

  8. MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

  9. not only does this look delicious it is delicious………I tried it shorty after you it came up on Asparagus Aspirations!!! I must admit here in Florida asparagus was long gone………but ours is now coming from Peru of all places and I must admit not bad. But I will make this dish often…thanks kalyn

  10. I made this for dinner tonight and I must say it is the most delicious asparagus I’ve ever eaten. Thank you!
    I found your site through googling “south beach diet friendly recipes” I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  11. OK I just found your site and it’s great, I just started the south beach diet on Monday so I am in phase 1. I didn’t know you could eat gorgonzola, so thankyou for that. Also, Giada D. (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/everyday-italian/baked-artichokes-with-gorgonzola-and-herbs-recipe/index.html) has a recipe for artichokes with melted gorgonzola that might be good, haven’t tried it yet, (the bread crumbs and cream might need to be substituted) but now I will. Thanks!

  12. Hi Tim,
    This recipe fits very well with the emphasis on low-glycemic foods that is the foundation of South Beach, but it might be a little high in saturated fat. Now you have me wishing I was home so I could look up gorgonzola to make sure it really is okay! I’m thinking it might be what I call a “once in a while treat” for South Beach. Look for the lowest fat gorgonzola you can find and it should be fine.

  13. Hi Tim, me again. I followed a link in this recipe and remembered I found some crumbled gorgonzola at Costco that only had 8 grams of fat in 1/4 cup, which should be great for South Beach. Look for something like that if you can.

  14. Kayln, Thank you so much for this site, it is one of the very best out there. I love your enthusiasm, creativity, and inspiration. I am eating this asparagus dish as I type and all I can say is "OH MY" it is out of this world! I have made it several times and I seriously doubt that I will ever eat asparagus any other way!

  15. Ali, so glad you're enjoying the recipes. (And oh I am shuddering when I look at this old photo!)

  16. It's such fun to see the old photo and how super your photos are now. The dish looks just as delicious as ever.

  17. Looks delicious…just wondering if there is a substitute for gorgonzola? For expecting mothers ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I really truly wonder how I've missed this dish all these years! After all, it combines some of my favorite things! Asparagus…gorgonzola…pine nuts. Amazing!

  19. Thanks Lydia. I love seeing the progress.

    Pegasus, you could substitute any kind of cheese that melts easily and I'm sure it would still taste good.

    Joanne, glad you re-discovered it.

  20. This looks really delicious! I'm definitely going to try this out. We're hosting an online seasonal potluck and May is asparagus month. If you'd like to link your recipe, we'd love to have you!
    http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

  21. Ooo Looking forward to making this one Kalyn! I'm always up for new asparagus recipes!

    Laura

  22. This recipe looks delicious, but I don't like gorgonzola cheese. Do you think feta would be okay? Thanks!

  23. I think it will be great with feta!

  24. My teenagers were cringing at the cheese sitting on the counter waiting to be sprinkled on the asparagus. Turns out they absolutely LOVED the recipe. Both said it's a keeper! I used almonds instead of pine nuts just because that's what I had on hand. Thanks for another super SB recipe!

  25. That's great; so glad to hear the teenagers liked the recipe!

  26. My kind of salad!

  27. This is actually a warm vegetable side dish and not a salad, but I bet it would also taste good at room temperature.

  28. Quick and easy asparagus recipe (I love asparagus). I think it's a great photo too. Can't wait to try it.

  29. Thanks, hope you enjoy!

  30. Oh man! That is sooooo "Raven"!

    Ok, well it probably isn't. I wouldn't even know having never seen that show, but that title sure is catchy isn't it? Hehe!

    You do know your away around our skinny green friends doncha, Missy? Great job. Gorgeous photo and tasty lookin' vittles! I feel a trip to the grocery for the aspara-guys comin' on!

  31. I am positively drooling over this recipe, Kalyn. This has to be one of the best asparagus recipes I've seen!

  32. SusieT, this is worth making a trip to the store!

    Thanks Dara, I absolutely love the flavors in this one.

  33. Love your unique asparagus recipe. And… just happen to have blue cheese in my fridge right now.

  34. Sandy, yaay! Hope you get to try it.

  35. I make something like this with crumbled blue cheese and a drizzle of balsamic reduction and grilled asparagus when I can. Always a big hit!

  36. Three of my favorite things! This HAS to be delicious. I can't wait to try it! Love your site ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Thanks Alison. It was indeed delicious!

  38. Really great new way to serve up asparagus and love the combination of gorgonzola with the asparagus

  39. I will be eating this all summer long! Thanks for the great recipe.

  40. Hanna, glad you liked it!

  41. I love it with just salt and pepper, but I'm a sucker for blue cheese. I'll have to try it this way soon!

  42. I love the combination of asparagus and strong cheese (and thanks for linking to one of my recipes). I need to put gorgonzola back in regular rotation in my kitchen, because it is so very good. And now that asparagus season is approaching, this recipe goes right on the list!

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