A healthy asparagus quiche made with fresh asparagus, red onion, garlic, and mozzarella cheese all baked in a tender and flaky pie crust makes a breakfast, lunch, or dinner your whole family will love.
This easy Asparagus Quiche makes for the best healthy breakfast or lunch dish and uses a store-bought pie crust to make preparation a cinch. Pair it with Easy Breakfast Potatoes in the morning or this Southwest Quinoa Salad for lunch or dinner.
With spring finally upon us, I immediately begin to think about delicious spring vegetables and yummy, scrumptious spring quiches and frittatas. Although asparagus season hasn’t officially started, the first crop is beginning to show up in farmer’s markets and grocery stores and I just couldn’t resist. For this quick and easy asparagus quiche, I took a shortcut by using a frozen store bought crust and then filled it with beautiful asparagus, red onions, garlic, and a little bit of mozzarella cheese. This is one of those simple meals that you can make ahead for a grab and go breakfast or serve to company for an impressive brunch dish.
Speaking of company, there is a fancy trick to make this recipe extra beautiful. It takes an extra step and to be honest, I only do this when I am going to be serving this to guests. Otherwise, I just chop all the asparagus and throw it in. To make the top of the quiche really beautiful, you will want to set aside 6-8 asparagus spears to place on top of the quiche whole. You can arrange them any way you like, but they make for a really beautiful presentation. However, if there isn't company, I am probably just throwing everything in at once.
Side Dish Ideas for Asparagus Quiche
Depending on when you are serving this dish, there are so many options when it comes to sides. Here are some of my favorites for each meal
- Breakfast: For the sake of giving you plenty of ideas, let's consider breakfast a quick meal that you are eating either at home or on the go. Many times I will serve this with some precooked breakfast turkey sausage or bacon for some extra protein. You can always serve it with some fresh fruit as well. Pair it with some yogurt for more staying power. Usually, I avoid serving it with bread since it already has a crust, but you could always reach for a light English muffin or some whole grain toast.
- Brunch: I consider brunch a fancier meal, so usually I think about including some fancier, more elaborate sides. Roasted potatoes are always a hit and these Easy Roasted Potatoes are one of my favorites. Roasted vegetables are another great option and these Garlic and Thyme Roasted Carrots are always popular. You can always make a big green salad or during colder months, serve it alongside a nice soup.
- Lunch: When I make this asparagus quiche recipe as part of my meal prep, I usually pack it alongside a simple green salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion. For dressing, I just use a squirt if lemon with olive oil, salt, and pepper. During the winter, I pack it alongside a hearty canned soup like lentil or bean soup.
- Dinner: Dinner at our house usually means some kind of meat dish, but I try to keep things meatless at least once a week. A quiche is a great option for those nights. Normally I reach for a hearty salad like this Eggplant and Quinoa Salad or a classic four bean salad.
Avoid This Common Quiche Mistakes
There are a few things to always keep in mind when making quiche so that it turns out great every time. The most important is that you don't want wet or watery fillings. For that reason, it is important to cook the asparagus and onions before they get added to the custard. When you add raw vegetables to quiche and they release water during the cooking process, it can break the custard. For a creamy, silky quiche, this is very important.
You also want to make sure to cook the quiche on the bottom oven rack. This allows the top of the quiche to get slightly brown while ensuring the pie crust cooks through and gets crispy. Lastly, depending on the crust you use, some people prefer baking the pie crust before filling it. Personally, I got really good results without doing this, but some pie crusts may not crisp up as much.
Ways to Personalize this Asparagus Quiche Recipe
If you want to jazz up this recipe and add some personal touches, you have lots of options. Here are some of my favorites:
- Add bacon: Everyone loves bacon and adding just a few pieces of cooked bacon to the custard adds tons of flavor. If you do this, add less salt since the bacon adds a lot of salt to the dish.
- Fancy cheese: While mozzarella is delicious with just about everything, you can fancy this up with some extra special cheese. An aged gouda or creamy goat cheese would be really tasty. You could also use Parmesan, a sharp cheddar, or feta.
- Sundried tomatoes: Packed with tons of flavor, sundried tomatoes pair really well with asparagus and are a delicious addition. Since the flavor is intense, chop them into smaller pieces before adding them to the quiche.
- Smoked salmon: Salmon and asparagus is a popular pairing for a reason - it's delicious. So kick up this recipe by adding in some chopped smoked salmon. You can also use canned or cooked salmon as well.
- Fresh herbs: One of my favorite herbs to pair with asparagus is fresh dill. Add some to the top of the quiche before serving or incorporate it into your green salad for some added freshness.
- Make it low carb: For a lower carb version of this dish, you can make a Crustless Asparagus Quiche by eliminating the crust from the recipe. Depending on the size of your baking dish, you may need to add a few extra eggs and some extra milk. And for the lowest carb option, use full-fat dairy instead of skim milk and part-skim mozzarella cheese.
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- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place the frozen pie crust on the counter.
- Spray a saute pan with cooking spray and saute the onions until they begin to become translucent. Add the asparagus whole and saute for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Remove 8 asparagus from the mixture and cut in 1/2. Leave the top half whole to decorate the top of the quiche and chop the remaining asparagus.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs. cheese, milk, salt, and pepper until frothy. Stir in the remaining chopped asparagus, onions, and garlic.
- Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and top with the 1/2 pieces of asparagus to create a beautiful top to the quiche.
- Bake according to the directions on the pie crust likely 20-25 minutes until the center is firm.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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