Roasted Asparagus with Toasted PistachiosCuisinart Original Recipe
3 pounds asparagus*
zest of ½ lemon, bitter white pith removed, cut in ½-inch pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2/3 cup pistachios, toasted
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
1-2 cloves garlic (to taste), peeled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or white balsamic vinegar
Break off tough ends of asparagus. Trim with a knife to even off. Remove scales with a vegetable peeler if desired. Reserve. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two jellyroll pans with parchment.
Place lemon zest and one teaspoon salt in the Cuisinart® Food processor fitted with the metal “s” blade. Pulse 10 to 15 times, then process until finely chopped about 30 seconds. Add pistachios and pepper to work bowl. Pulse 5 times to chop roughly. Remove and reserve.
Place shallots and garlic in work bowl and pulse to chop finely, 10 to 15 times. Combine asparagus, chopped shallot mixture and olive oil. Toss to coat and combine. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on the prepared pans. Sprinkle with remaining teaspoon of salt. Roast in preheated 425°F oven for 10 to 20 minutes, until crisp-tender or cooked as desired. Cooking time will be dependent on personal preference and thickness of asparagus.
Transfer to a warm platter (if serving warm) and drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with reserved pistachio mixture and serve. May be served warm or at room temperature.