Roasted asparagus & chickpeas with sautéed spinach

Once the days are lighter later and the temperatures warmer, I begin counting the days until the first farmer’s market of the year.  Seeing the stalls line up and people loading their canvas bags with freshly picked produce means that we’ve survived another winter.  In lieu of a champagne toast, I lift a spear of roasted asparagus.  (After all, what ties better with the images of spring and rebirth than this rumored aphrodisiac?)  I find myself eating asparagus almost daily, knowing that the season is short.  While we’ll soon move on to many wonderful things like squash blossoms, bing cherries, and raspberries, asparagus’ days are numbered.

Today’s recipe is a celebration of all that is in season and taking center stage at my farmer’s market – the aforementioned asparagus, garlic, spring onions, and spinach.  I roast chickpeas and asparagus (my favorite way to cook it), and then add it to a pan of spinach sautéed with garlic and onions, and dotted with the tart and tangy flavors of lemon juice and capers.  I like to serve it over my easy breakfast polenta.  However, it would be a mouthwatering spring meal over any grain, like farro, brown rice, or barley.

Roasted asparagus & chickpeas with sautéed spinach

Serves 2

  • 1 heaping cup asparagus, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ tsp + ½ tsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup spring onions, chopped (Any variety onions or shallots will work here)
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Put asparagus on one baking sheet and toss with ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil.  Toss chickpeas, nutritional yeast, and ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil on second baking sheet.  Put both baking sheets in the oven and roast chickpeas and asparagus for 20 minutes, stopping once to shake the pans so that they roast evenly.

While the asparagus and chickpeas are roasting, heat a pan to a medium heat.  Add 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil to pan and sauté the onions and garlic 5-8 minutes, until fragrant and translucent.  Add spinach to pan and sauté for one to two minutes more, until the spinach has wilted but before it becomes gummy and overcooked.  Add lemon juice to deglaze the pan.  Add capers and combine.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Once the asparagus and chickpeas have finished roasting, add them to the pan with the spinach mixture.  Fully combine and salt to taste.  Serve the Roasted Asparagus & Chickpeas with Sautéed Spinach on creamy polenta, farro, rice, or barley.

43 thoughts on “Roasted asparagus & chickpeas with sautéed spinach

  1. This is totally unoriginal: My favorite must-have kitchen gadget is my Vitamix. I use it at least once a day and am ingesting way more greens now in my morning smoothies thanks to this lovely machine. Plus I can make my own nutmilks and nut cheese sauces in a jiffy. *LOVE*

    • There’s a reason that the Vitamix is so well loved! Once you have one, there’s no going back. I use several times a day too, and I love how easy it is to clean. That means it’s always ready when inspiration strikes!

  2. i love chickpeas and asparagus together! this dish looks fantastic!

    my favorite kitchen gadget is…hmm..my strainer, knives, and cutting board! all the necessities to make a big salad! ;)

  3. I would love to have a salad spinner. My last one broke in less than a month :(
    My latest favorite must have is my new spiral veggie slicer! It is so fun to use and I now use zucchinis for my pasta substitute!

    • My condolences on your salad spinner! That’s a very short life! I bought a spiralizer recently, but I still haven’t used it. (Although, my husband did make a batch of baked sweet potato curly fries.) Once zucchini is at the farmer’s market, I’m sure I’ll use it with gusto. What’s your favorite sauce for your zucchini noodles?

  4. My favourite kitchen gadget has to be our rice maker! It makes rice perfectly and I don’t have to keep watching the stove top to make sure the heat is just right.

    • I just use a pot for rice making, but lots of people swear by rice cookers. It’s probably helpful with multi-tasking!

  5. I adore my rice cooker, and it gets a LOT of use. I have a tiny kitchen, but it has more than earned its place!

    • You have to be selective with a small kitchen, that’s for sure! Two votes for rice cookers. They’re a popular one!

      • My husband and I live and travel North America in a 40 ft. motorhome. Space is very limited, but I made space for a rice cooker and have three drawers of cooking utensils.

        We eat a plant based diet and I seldom cook the same recipe more than once or twice.

        Space might be an issue in a motorhome, but there is no reason not to prepare highly pleasing meals.

  6. Hi Cadry! The asparagus and chick peas looks so yummy. I’m gonna have to make it soon.

    I think my favorite kitchen gadget is an OXO veggie peeler. Before I bought it, I had always tried to use dull, cheap peelers and they never worked well. What a pleasure it is to have a good peeler!

    • Hi, Heather! I was just thinking about you yesterday. I went to your Etsy shop to see about getting a personalized stamp made to use on the bottom of my pottery pieces. Sadly, I saw that you’re not doing custom orders right now. Things must be busy at the winery!

      We just had this asparagus and chickpea dish again today for lunch. I think you’d like it! It is hearty without being heavy.

      Having a sharp peeler, like having a sharp knife, makes a world of difference, doesn’t it? When cooking is easy, it’s a lot more pleasurable.

      • I’m so thrilled to have won the salad spinner! We used it last night and it’s an absolute pleasure to use. Thank you so much.

        And the cloud teabag holder is adorable. I was admiring all your pottery in your post about it…. and now I own a piece. :)

        LMK if you’d like a stamp. I AM busy, but could certainly make an exception for you.

  7. I can’t get enough asparagus…or chickpeas for that matter. It’s so hard to choose a kitchen gadget, but I’m going to have to go with my Vitamix. It took me forever to work up to buying one because of the hefty price tag, but it’s soooo worth the cost. I use it at least once a day. That thing is a beast!

  8. My current favorite kitchen tool is my chef’s knife! I have a lot of favorites, though. The food processor and hand blender are pretty high up there as well.

    • A hefty, sharp chef’s knife makes chopping so much easier and more pleasurable. Plus, it just feels good in the hand.

  9. First I want to comment on the wonderful recipe — just the kind of dish I love to make. As for my favorite kitchen gadget, that’s a hard question to answer with just one item as I’m a kitchen-gadget collector. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a gadget, but I’d be lost without my nakiri knife. But I also need the microplane ginger grater, the food processor, the vitamix …

    • Thanks, Andrea! This is a standard kind of dish around my house. First, as far as I’m concerned roasted chickpeas are welcome anytime. Second, it lets the ingredients stand out and take focus without too much fuss. I love gadgets too! It makes cooking feel like playtime.

  10. Favorite gadget is definitely an immersion blender. Favorite pot? That’s harder, toss up between the pressure cooker and the dutch oven….

    • Immersion blenders are so handy! I just made asparagus soup yesterday, and it’s convenient and safer to do it all in the pot instead of transferring hot liquid to a blender!

  11. The recipe sounds great! Going to definitely have to give it a try. As for my favorite kitchen gadget, it would now have to be my Vitamix. We just got on in February, but we have used it almost every day, some days twice. It’s simply amazing to be able to make a smoothie every single morning! Just today we were on a bike ride and wanted a drink, there was a smoothie bar nearby by my boyfriend was like, it’s really hard to go out for a smoothie now when we know we have such great options at home. That said, the rice cooker is pretty amazing too, it’s like 7 years old, but still makes perfect rice every time AND has a timer!

  12. That recipe looks amazing. So have to try it out!

    My favorite gadget is probably my ice cream maker. It was a garage sale find and I love that I can make my own sorbet in it!

    • Thanks, Jill!

      What a find to snag an ice cream maker at a garage sale! I’ve had one on my wish list for the longest time, but I haven’t nabbed it yet. I have dreams of making my own coconut milk ice cream, but sorbet is another delicious idea!

  13. I would agree with another reader comment and say my favorite kitchen tool is the Vitamix blender. But, I realize this is a super expensive tool to have and most people don’t have one (I only bought one when I could finally use it as a business expense). My other more affordable favorite kitchen gadget is a garlic press (I have the one from Pampered Chef) and it is amazing! I use sooo much garlic and chopping it can be time consuming. No more garlicky fingers after cooking:)

    • That is likely the best garlic press in the world. I have one and hate using any other garlic press. Garlic is great.

      • That’s good to know about the Pampered Chef garlic press. I used to have a garlic press, but it wasted so much of the garlic I stuck with chopping to mince instead. When I need it very fine, I use my Microplane zester. I’ll keep an eye out for the one from PC.

  14. I adore roasted asparagus and I love that it is combined with chickpeas and spinach (2 of my other favorites) in this dish. It looks so satisfying- like spring’s version of comfort food! I like how ergonomic this salad spinner appears (and OXO has a good rep for that). My current salad spinner is a cheapo-version from IKEA. Gets the job done, but gives you quite a workout at the same time.

    My favorite kitchen tool is maybe my coffee maker, because without coffee, nothing else gets done. My next favorite is a good chef’s knife and my trusty cutting board. :-)

    • “Spring’s version of comfort food” – absolutely! One of my favorite thing about this time of year is stocking up at the farmer’s market and then featuring all of that bounty in the evening’s dinner. It couldn’t get any more fresh unless I was eating it on the farm!

      The salad spinner definitely feels well built and ergonomic. Now that I have one that is so well made, I find myself spinning more salad instead of rinsing and blotting on kitchen towels.

      A coffee maker is a good choice since it streamlines all other tasks! :)

  15. I adore asparagus and chickpeas (and spinach, too!), and I’ve been looking for new asparagus recipes to try. I own an OXO salad spinner very similar to the one above, it’s just clear instead of green. The size is somewhat of an issue in our tiny kitchen, but I still love it because it works so well. It’s kinda silly how much fun I have pressing the spinner and then hitting the brake, too–never gets old :)

    …just for the record, I’m not actually entering the giveaway–but I did tweet about it because I think it’s such an awesome product (as are all my other OXO gadgets).

    • “It’s kinda silly how much fun I have pressing the spinner and then hitting the brake, too–never gets old.” Absolutely! It felt kind of silly to put it in the plus-column of a review, but it really is a fun aspect of the spinner!

      I saw that you Tweeted about the giveaway. Thanks! I appreciate it!

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