Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin

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I hands down declare Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin the most decadent, divine, delicious asparagus dish I’ve ever tasted! AND it’s fabulously easy. You might not even need to do dishes after cooking it beacause you’re going to want to eat it directly out of the casserole dish. No time can be wasted when something is this good.

Asparagus and Macarpone Gratin fine cooking

 

This is the first time I’ve cooked with mascarpone. Let me just tell you that I have a recipe for Strawberry Tiramisu using mascarpone in my recipe pile and that baby is going straight to the top of the pile. I’ve got to have me some more of that stuff.

Gratin with asparagus and mascarpone.

 

The mascarpone cheese makes for a fabulously creamy casserole and homemade breadcrumbs give the casserole a little crunch.

I find my mind wandering at odd times of the day, contemplating all the ways I could use mascarpone. In an omelet, on pasta, stuffed in a chicken breast, a burger maybe?, in double-stuffed potatoes, deviled eggs, maybe even chicken salad. Yep, I’m pretty sure it would be good in just about anything.

An asparagus and mascarpone gratin with bread crumb topping.

Have you ever cooked with mascarpone cheese before? What’s your favorite way to use it?

 

Asparagus and Macarpone Gratin fine cooking

Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin

Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin is the most decadent, divine, delicious asparagus dish ever. Mascarpone cheese makes the gratin super creamy and rich.
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Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 212
Author: Christin Mahrlig

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  • Place oven rack 6 inches from broiler and heat broiler on high.
  • In a 2-quart gratin dish, toss together the asparagus, onion, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Broil until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Remove asparagus from oven and dollop mascarpone in little spoonfuls over asparagus. Sprinkle with nutmeg and top with breadcrumb mixture. Broil until bubbly and golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal

 

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Fine Cooking Magazine

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3 thoughts on “Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin

  1. I haven’t cooked with mascarpone. This dish definitely will have me putting it on my list. Asparagus is so fresh right about now too. Off to the farmer’s market tomorrow!

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