Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone

By Erika on September 26th, 2013 / / No Comments

Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone The Hopeless Housewife

I thought I would take a break from all the meat I have been posting (although this dish would be a great side with any kind of meat!). I love all veggies and don’t really need a big glob of cheese or heavy sauce on them for me to like them– oh don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a big glob of cheese or sauce most of the time…but this Meyer lemon mascarpone is really light and creamy- not heavy at all– and so easy to make.

My good friend Dawn has a Meyer lemon tree and she is always trying to pass Meyers off as true lemons 🙂 to me when we are cooking together which I quickly tell her “no!”. It’s not that I don’t love them, they just aren’t as tart and acidic as a true lemon and they are definitely sweeter and more fragrant (makes sense since they are a cross between a lemon and an orange)…to me in cooking it’s a very different animal. This Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone is the kind of thing Meyer lemons belong in…their fragrance and sweetness is perfect to add to the creamy and sweet cousin to cream cheese, mascarpone.

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon Mascarpone


  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 Meyer lemons, juiced
  • 3 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest, divided
  • 1 large bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed and dried
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • salt to taste


  1. Make the Meyer lemon mascarpone. Mix mascarpone with Meyer lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of the zest. Set aside. The mascarpone with become a strange consistency but when on the asparagus it will become melty so don't worry!
  2. Make the asparagus. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add asparagus. Cook until al denté, turning every 30 seconds or so (don't overcook!). Season to taste with salt.
  3. Remove from heat and top with mascarpone mixture and remaining zest. Serve immediately.


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