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Roasted asparagus with pepper sauce

Points® value
Total Time
25 min
10 min
15 min
Roasting asparagus brings out their natural sweetness, and it's one of our favorite ways to prepare this healthy veggie. Simply seasoned and baked in the oven, it doesn't get much easier. The vibrant, pepper-based sauce makes for a tasty and beautiful presentation. It's made with drained red peppers, mayonnaise, garlic, and paprika that's blitzed in a food processor. Since you can make it while the asparagus roasts, you should be able to get this dish on the table in just 25 minutes. The pepper sauce also makes a great vegetable dip or a topping for grilled chicken or fish. It's so good, the possibilities really are endless!



2 pound(s), medium thickness, tough stems snapped off

Olive oil

1 tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

7½ oz

Reduced calorie mayonnaise

¼ cup(s)


1 small clove(s)


½ tsp, smoked


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Put asparagus on a nonstick baking sheet; drizzle with oil and toss. Spread into a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, shaking pan once or twice during cooking, until asparagus is fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes (varies greatly depending on thickness of spears).
  3. Meanwhile, drain peppers and pat dry with paper towels. Place peppers, mayonnaise, garlic and paprika in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and set aside.
  4. Arrange asparagus on a serving plate; drizzle with pepper mixture (or pour into a small bowl and serve as a dipping sauce).
  5. Serving size: 1/6 of asparagus plus 2 Tbsp sauce