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Sep 18, 2015

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Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Active time:20 minutes

Start To Finish:20 minutes


Yield: 4 servings

Source: Fine Cooking

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1 lb. asparagus , trimmed of woody stems and cut into 1-inch pieces
½ small yellow onion, finely diced
1½ Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
⅓ cup freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
5 oz. mascarpone
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


Place an oven rack six inches below the broiler and preheat the broiler to high.

In a 2-quart broiler-safe baking or gratin dish, toss the asparagus with the onion, ½ tablespoon of the olive oil, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Broil until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.

In the meantime, toss the breadcrumbs with the cheese, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and  teaspoon pepper.

Add the mascarpone to the asparagus mixture in small spoonfuls, sprinkle with the nutmeg, and top with the breadcrumb mixture. Broil until bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 280; Fat: 24g; Saturated: 11g; Mono: 9g; Poly: 1.5g; Protein: 8g; Carb : 11g; Fiber : 3g; Chol : 50mg; Sodium : 320n;

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