luvFAB recipe

asparagus alla milanese

serves 4


  • asparagus (thin spear) – about 2 lbs. (950 grams; slightly less than 1 kilo)
  • 4 eggs – poached; just set with the yolk still soft 
  • parmesan cheese; room temperature – about 6-8 shavings per serving
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. cider vinegar
  • maldon salt flakes or sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • dill, fresh or dried


trim or snap off tough ends of the asparagus.

cook asparagus in boiling, salted water until just crisp and tender.

remove with tongs and immerse asparagus in a bowl filled with iced cold water to stop the cooking process.

drain and set aside.

mix olive oil and cider vinegar and dress the asparagus spears.

divide asparagus spears among 4 plates.

with a vegetable peeler, shave across the wide section of a chunk of reggiano-parmigiano cheese (room temperature) and top each plate of asparagus spears with about 6-8 shavings of reggiano-parmigiano cheese.

place on each plate 1 warm poached egg on top of the asparagus spears, and season with maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

sprinkle with dill and serve.

asparagus alla milanese has its origins in lombardy, as this is a most favourable territory for growing cultivated or wild asparagus.  as a result of its simplicity, this recipe is not only appreciated throughout italy, but has become universal.  asparagus, eggs, and parmesan cheese are the main ingredients in the traditional recipe, and although i do prefer some recipes in their original version, i added dill and dressed the asparagus with olive oil and vinegar on an occasion, and since kept this version as a luvMUST favourite. the combination of these flavours is something i so enjoy.  this recipe is just the best for any meal of the day, and specially during spring, when flavourful asparagus are in abundance.  a light and quick recipe is just the dish for thebestdressup now!

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28 Responses to luvFAB recipe

  1. Love asparagus and love this recipe. Dipping asparagus in a soft runny egg yolk is heaven.

  2. 76sanfermo says:

    Did you have this at Saint Ambroeus…..?
    A big hug from Milan!

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    Sounds and looks delicious… 🙂

  4. Sounds great. Have never had this combination, yet!

  5. Looks great especially with the eggs on top!

  6. says:

    Beautiful presentation.. !!!

  7. I have had something similar at a fancy restaurant. Thanks for making it at home doable.

  8. kormoranflug says:

    Somebody get only one egg? The pics are great!

  9. Kiara Style says:

    Yummy! Looks delicious and the presentation is just FAB ❤

  10. LaVagabonde says:

    It’s asparagus season! I’m going to try this. Thanks!

    • ciao! there are so many asparagus varieties at the moment, even the white asparagus are great in this recipe. yes, do try this most simple recipe 🙂

  11. My French Heaven says:

    Ciao! What a GREAT recipe. I am sure it tastes as good as it looks! Perfect for the asparagus season 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing this amazing goodness on a plate.

  13. gotasté says:

    These looks awesome! What a great combination. The shave parmesan is a magic touch to this fabulous recipe! I really love it! ……danny

  14. ciao! danny you are so kind. i really appreciate your comment. thanks 🙂

  15. Asparagus is just coming into season here, looking forward to it, I like your addition of dill at the end too

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