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Simple Steamed Thick Asparagus

Don't be tempted to undercook the asparagus; the stalks should be tender and bend slightly when held in the center.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2002

Ingredients

  • 2 bundles thick asparagus (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Trim and peel tough ends of asparagus stalks. Fill a large saute pan with 1/2 inch cold water; bring to a boil over high heat.

  2. Place asparagus in saute pan, working in batches if necessary, and cover tightly with a lid or foil. Let steam until asparagus is tender and slightly limp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter; drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Serve.

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