Asparagus-Parmesan Pita Rounds

Asparagus-Parmesan Pita Rounds Photo: Oxmoor House


  • 2 cups (2-inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas
  • 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons preshredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven 450°.

  2. Steam asparagus, covered, 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse with cold water; drain.

  3. Combine oil and garlic. Brush over pitas. Arrange tomato slices and asparagus on pitas. Sprinkle with basil, pepper, and salt. Top evenly with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 450º for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are golden.

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  • Most any cheese will work in this recipe. Blue cheese and mozzarella are especially good options. These individual pizzas are topped with a tasty duo of fresh asparagus spears and sliced plum tomatoes, which are both full of vitamins and heart-healthy antioxidants. Using a small amount of richly flavored Parmesan keeps saturated fat to a minimum—or try adding your own special touch with other bold cheeses such as blue or feta. Make sure to choose whole-grain pitas for an extra fiber boost.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pita)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 245
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 20%
Fat per serving: 5.4g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.8g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.7g
Protein per serving: 10.5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 40g
Fiber per serving: 3.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 5mg
Iron per serving: 2.7mg
Sodium per serving: 601mg
Calcium per serving: 177mg
Cooking Light Superfast Suppers