One of the best things I’ve made with veggies that were sitting in the pantry was this sautéed garlicky tomatoes and asparagus. My daughter’s favorite food is rice, and she loves asparagus, so this was just perfect. I hate to let produce go bad, so finding creative uses for the remainder of vegetables left in the fridge or pantry is always fun, and this one is so good, we’ve done it a few times just this week!

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While this dish isn’t extremely filling, it is great for a hot summer day because it’s refreshing and light. I like to eat it over a bed of turmeric rice, but it would go great as a side dish to a protein, burger, or even with some quinoa. My daughter loves asparagus so she just picks out the asparagus and chows! The garlicky tomatoes make a great seasoning to the asparagus and whatever it is served with. I would highly recommend trying this one out if you want to eat more vegetables but don’t know what to do with them. It’s extremely easy, delicious, and kid-approved!

What you’ll love about these sautéed garlic tomatoes and asparagus?

  1. They’re a super easy meal to throw together. It takes about 15 minutes and you have a great side dish or topping for a rice bowl.
  2. Kid-approved. It’s so flavorful and great for picky kids.
  3. Vegan. Though it can easily be served alongside a meat dish but it is also great served with plant-based meals.
  4. Great way to use up leftover vegetables. Don’t let your asparagus and tomatoes go bad, whip this up instead!
sauteed tomato and asparagus

How to make this sautéed garlic tomato and asparagus dish?

  1. Heat olive oil on a pan. Add the garlic and allow it to sizzle for about 30 seconds. 
  2. Add the halved tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes until they start to break down. 
  3. Stir in the basil and salt. Then add the chopped asparagus. 
  4. Cover the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test a piece to see if it is at the desired texture, and continue cooking until it reaches desired crunchiness. 
  5. Remove from heat and serve alongside rice, or with your favorite meat dish.

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Garlic Sautéed Tomatoes and Asparagus

This easy vegetable dish is a great way to incorporate easy veggies into a meal. Sauteed garlic, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus are a great addition to a bowl of rice and veggies or would make a great accompaniment to proteins.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 61 kcal


  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes halved, grape tomatoes also work
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz asparagus chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • salt to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a pan and add garlic. Allow it to sizzle before adding the halved tomatoes.
  • Saute the tomatoes until they start to break down (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in the basil and salt. Then add the chopped asparagus.
  • Cover with lid and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test a piece after about 5 minutes to make sure it is crunchy to liking and continue cooking until it is soft enough. We like to eat ours with a bit of a crunch.
  • Serve over rice or as a side to a protein.


Serving: 0.25recipeCalories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 298mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 882IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
Keyword garlic tomatoes and asparagus, sauteed tomato and asparagus
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