By Kansas Living

Asparagus and Quinoa Sauté

asparagus recipe


  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. cooked kielbasa or turkey kielbasa, sliced into ¾" slices
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 bundle fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and membranes removed, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and membranes removed, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1–2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, as needed


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add kielbasa slices and cook just until nicely browned; remove and set aside.

Add the onion to the same skillet and cook for 1 minute. Stir in asparagus and peppers; cook, stirring frequently, just until onions and peppers are tender, adding a bit more oil or broth to the pan as needed.

Reduce heat to medium. Stir in garlic and beans; cook, stirring frequently, 4-6 minutes, or until beans are heated through. Stir in cooked quinoa, reserved kielbasa slices, and more broth, if needed.

Remove from heat; add lemon zest and juice and toss to combine; season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with cheese and serve at once.

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