Asparagus Gratin...fancy and Good!

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

No other vegetable signals spring like asparagus. In this recipe, it makes for a rich, creamy side dish that's beyond delicious. We love it with a simple roast chicken. Please note: this is an adopted recipe and I hope to make it soonest. If you make it before I do, I would appreciate feedback, Thanks ! ZWT REGION:Italy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Butter a 2- to 2 1/2-quart shallow ceramic flameproof baking dish.
  2. Cook asparagus in a 5- to 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
  3. Drain in a colander, then transfer to baking dish and keep warm, tightly covered with foil.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until foam subsides, then cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add bread and pine nuts and cook, stirring, until browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add pepper, 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, tossing to combine.
  6. Preheat broiler.
  7. Toss warm asparagus with mascarpone, remaining 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until combined well.
  8. Sprinkle bread-crumb mixture evenly over asparagus. Broil 5 to 7 inches from heat until topping is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
Most Helpful

Simple to make and tasty too - can't beat that combination for an excellent dinner. Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful BC April 28, 2008

Made this last season yet forgot to review until now. This is a lovely dish that will impress your guests, yet is simple to prepare. To cut costs (I'm kind of a tightwad!) when cooking for just hubby and myself, I have used cream cheese in place of the mascarpone and regular Parmesan cheese and it was still delicious! Thanks kiwidutch.

averybird March 13, 2008

Oh my, this really was good. Such a nice change from the same old asparagus dish. If you haven't tried it yet, you should. It was so easy to make and flavorful. I followed the recipe exactly. The only differences were that I microwaved my asparagus instead of boiling it and I cut my bread into 1/2 inch cubes - more like croutons. I don't think that changed the overall taste much, if at all. Thanks Kiwi! I will make this one again and again.

Alskann March 10, 2007