Asparagus With Fontina Cheese

A delicious Italian side dish the whole family will love!

from The Encyclopedia of Italian Cooking: 1,001 Authentic Recipes

Quick look

  • prep 5 min    cook 20 min
  • serves 4

Fontina cheese is melted over warm asparagus. Serve with white wine for the ultimate Italian side dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds asparagus
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, very thinly sliced

Healthy Cooking Tip

Pairs nicely with a dry, fruity white wine, such as Roero Arneis.

    How to make it  25 minutes


  • 1

    Trim the tough parts off the asparagus stalks, leaving only the tender top part. Steam the stalks about 8 minutes, until tender but still firm.

  • 2

    Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus with tips all facing the same way and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté 6 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan gently to turn the asparagus and cook evenly.

  • 3

    Lay the fontina over the asparagus. Cover the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the cheese has melted. Serve hot. Serves 4.