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Grilled Sausages with Asparagus


Grilled sausage and asparagus with a sauce made of pesto, lemon juice, chopped walnuts and charred lemon on the side.

Marian Cooper Cairns, Southern Living

JUNE 2014

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  • 3 lemons, halved and divided
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped and divided
  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage links


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high (350° to 400°) heat.

Squeeze juice from 2 lemon halves to equal 2 tablespoons. Stir together pesto, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup walnuts. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus; toss asparagus with olive oil.

Grill sausage, without grill lid, 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, turning occasionally. At the same time, grill asparagus, without grill lid, 4 minutes or until tender. Brush asparagus with pesto mixture, and transfer to a serving platter. Grill remaining 4 lemon halves, cut sides down, 1 minute or until charred. Place on platter with asparagus. Slice sausage, and arrange on serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.

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