Rinse asparagus under cool water to clean. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Cut 1/4 inch of the woody ends off of the asparagus. You want to use the entire stalk for making the sauce.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees f.
Asparagus Garlic Sauce # 1
Pour 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil onto a baking pan. Place the the asparagus into a baking pan along with
2 cloves of unpeeled garlic. Using your hands move the asparagus & garlic around the pan to coat with the oil.
Sprinkle ½ tsp of the no-salt seasoning & red pepper flakes over the asparagus.
Place pan into the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
Remove the roasted asparagus & garlic from the oven. Carefully remove the skin from the garlic then place roasted asparagus & garlic into a blender. Add the seasonings and juices from roasting pan also.
Pulse blender for 30 seconds. Just until asparagus and garlic are mixed together.
Add ½ cup almond milk, 1 Tbsp cream cheese and 1/8 tsp ground black pepper. Pulse blender for 30 seconds more until the sauce is creamy.
Asparagus Garlic Sauce # 2 (Caramelized onion and a couple of Serrano Chili's)
Chop, onion and garlic. Slice serrano peppers in half, longwise.
Pour 1 1/2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into a large skillet. Add 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes and heat the skillet to medium low. When skillet is heated, add chopped onions and cook turning onions in skillet occasionally for 20 minutes till fully caramelized. Add chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
Add asparagus, serrano chili's, no-salt seasoning and 1/8 tsp ground black pepper. Place a lid on the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth to pan. Replace the lid and cook on low for 30 minutes more.
Place into a blender , asparagus, onions, garlic, serrano chili's, almond milk, cream cheese and remaining ground black pepper. Pulse blender till mix is creamy and smooth.
Roasted Asparagus makes a wonderful and healthy sauce. With the addition of garlic and a few spices you will create a sauce that will enhance many dishes. Low in calories and great for cholesterol. Asparagus is a natural diuretic aiding in flushing the body of toxins and is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system. Garlic, also known as the herbal wonder drug is great for the cardiovascular system as well helping with cholesterol. This is a great way to enjoy asparagus as a culinary partner by adding this sauce to many of your favorite dishes.
Asparagus Garlic Sauce # 1 - Serving's: 4
Per Serving: - Calories 58; Sodium 41 mg; Fat 4g; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 5g;
Cholesterol 1 mg; Dietary fiber 1g
Asparagus Garlic Sauce #2 - with an added kick
Per Serving: - Calories 88; Sodium 51 mg; Fat 6g; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 8g;