asparagus with mushrooms

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins

from bon appetit, a wonderful first course for springtime

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. heat chicken broth to simmer in small pot.
  2. remove from heat, add morels and soak for 30 minutes drain, reserving 1 c broth.
  3. in skillet cook pancetta until crisp, remove and drain.
  4. add some oil to skillet.
  5. add asparagus, shallots, morels and cook about 5 minutes.
  6. add the broth ans simmer until crisp tender, 5 minutes.
  7. arrange arugula on plate, sprinkle with3 tbsp oil& lemon juice.
  8. add asparagus to center of plate, top with pancetta, remaining olive oil, parsley, salt& pepper to taste.


Most Helpful

We finally started getting some kosher pancetta in this country, and I've been eating the stuff straight out of the package, it's so good. I was so happy to find a recipe that combined my newest favorite food with one of my long-time favorites, asparagus (and let's not forget mushrooms). I didn't have any dried morel, so I use some Chinese-style dried mushrooms, and subbed some small onions for the shallots. This is a really classy side dish or appetizer. Now that I can get the pancetta, I'll be making it often! Thanks loads, Chia!

Mirj May 28, 2003

This was fun! I made mine vegan by skipping the pancetta and using vegan bacon bits instead. I used WAY more morels than the recipe called for (since I have a ton of them in the fridge). I also thickened up my gravy with a little corn starch. My end result was beautiful! I served mine with rice on the bottom, skipped the arugula (wish I hadn't, as that would give a nice spicy depth of flavor), then the asparagus over that and then topped with the mushroom gravy.

JanuaryBride June 19, 2012

Hi Chia, This was a very interesting recipe to make and by far one of the best I have made in the past 6 months. First, I found fresh Morel Mushrooms to be a little pricy... so used a combination of fresh White Button Mushrooms and dried Italian Porcini Mushrooms. Instead of Pancetta, I used Turkey Bacon Slices. I had cut away the bottom harder part of the asparagus and then into bite size pieces. The arugula with lemon and olive oil made the dish even more interesting. If I had to made the dish again, I would try to first par-boil the asparagus to retain the bright green color and then just add briefly to the already sauted mushrooms (after the liquid was reduced). This is surely a 5 star recipe and to recommend to everyone! Thanks! Skipper/Sy

Skipper/Sy May 30, 2004

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