Roasted Asparagus with Basil and Pistachios

Asparagus is such a delicious vegetable and its flavor works with a variety of different ingredients. Today I’ve paired Roasted Asparagus with Basil and Pistachios. So full of fresh green flavor.

My ideas for new recipes come from everywhere, from things I eat in restaurants, things I see in magazines, cookbooks and food blogs, food that friends tell me about, foods from my past and from my ancestors. But my favorite recipe ideas come from a particular process that I use.


Roasted Asparagus with Basil and Pistachios

I’ll think to myself that I want to do a recipe with, for instance, roasted asparagus. Then I turn to one of two books, The Flavor Thesaurus or the Food Bible. These books are organized by ingredient and tell you what other flavors compliment them.


Roasted Asparagus and Pistachios

Sometimes the suggestions are obvious.  Like broccoli and cheddar cheese. Or apples and cinnamon. But sometimes I’m surprised. That’s what happened when I looked up asparagus in “The Flavor Thesaurus.” It listed mint. Really? Mint?


It turns out that asparagus with a bit of mint is an amazing thing. And that’s how I ended up coming up with this recipe for Asparagus with Mint and Lemon.


Roasted asparagus and potatoes with lemon and mint


Then it happened again. I found myself thinking about making an asparagus dish. This time I turned to my “Flavor Bible.” It listed basil. Roasted asparagus and basil didn’t seem so far-fetched. It sounded pretty delicious. I looked further and say pistachios on the list. In they went for added flavor, color and crunch.

Pistachios and Asparagus

This roasted asparagus and basil recipe is really easy to make. The flavors are crisp and light and it’s the perfect way to add color to your plate. And you’re not going to believe how well it all goes together.

Asparagus, Basil and Pistachios




Roasted Asparagus with Basil and Pistachios

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Asparagus, basil and pistachios go together really well. You’re going to love how easy and delicious this dish is.


  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 oz roasted, salted pistachios
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Shell and roughly chop the pistachios. Sprinkle them over the asparagus. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Roast until bright green and tender, 12-15 minutes depending on thickness of the asparagus.
  4. Transfer asparagus and pistachios to a serving plate and gently tear the basil leaves over top.

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8 Responses to “Roasted Asparagus with Basil and Pistachios”

  1. Laura @MotherWouldKnow — March 18, 2015 @ 11:22 am (#)

    I use the Flavor Bible all the time – and you’re right that the combinations can sometimes be surprising but wonderful. Like this one. 

  2. Kristina — March 18, 2015 @ 10:57 am (#)

    I love the method here – I need to dig out my Food Bible!   both of these asparagus recipes sound phenomenal (mint always surprises me!), I look forward to making these! 

  3. GiGi Eats — March 18, 2015 @ 8:59 am (#)

    Well I will certainly be picking up asparagus today at the store! 


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