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This simple Roasted Parmesan Asparagus is ready in under 20 minutes, SUPER simple to make and absolutely incredible. It's the perfect side dish, your kids might even eat it!
Really, I don't know if your kids will eat it or not. All I know is this is our favorite way to eat asparagus now (along with this amazing sous vide asparagus that's poached in butter).
It's just so simple, easy and packed full of flavor. Because Parmesan cheese guys. That stuff makes everything delicious. For real.
This Parmesan Asparagus is definitely something you're going to want to try...it's the perfect side dish for your next meal.
Try this Oven Fried Summer Squash or these Spicy Korean Cauliflower Wings for other awesome side dish ideas.
Why This Recipe Works
The asparagus is roasted quickly at a high temperature allowing it to get caramelized on the outside without being overdone on the inside.
It's super easy and can be ready in under 20 minutes, which is great for last minute meals.
Trimming the ends of the asparagus keeps the stalk tender and buttery.
When you're looking for asparagus, try to find stalks that are medium thickness. Too thin and your asparagus may be overcooked, and too thick the stalks tend to be more stringy.
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese will have the best flavor, however, you can substitute the pre-packaged Parmesan cheese if you need to .
A high quality olive oil will result in the best flavor, but again, you can use whatever olive oil you have on hand.
Step By Step Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Place asparagus on a baking sheet.
Pour the olive oil, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper over the asparagus and mix to coat with your hands.
Roast for 12-14 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork.
Trim the bottom 2-3" off the asparagus to remove the stringy part of the stalks.
Use a high quality olive oil for the best results.
Use a lemon infused olive oil to add an extra boost of fresh flavor to this dish. (affiliate link)
Using fresh ground pepper will add more flavor.
Use fresh grated Parmesan for the best results; however, the Kraft off-the-shelf version can be substituted if you can't get fresh.
You may need to roast your asparagus for a few extra minutes if the stalks are very thick.
Should Asparagus Be Peeled Before Cooking?
There is no need to peel asparagus before cooking it. I recommend removing the woody end, which is typically the bottom 2-3".
Do You Eat the Whole Stalk of Asparagus?
You can eat the whole stalk of asparagus, but again, I recommend removing the woody end which can be stringy and unpleasant. However, it won't harm you if you eat it.
Rate the recipe and leave a comment to let me know how it turned out!
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- 1 lbs. asparagus, ends trimmed
- 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil
- 5 tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place asparagus on a baking sheet.
- Pour the olive oil, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper over the asparagus and mix to coat with your hands.
- Roast for 12-14 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork.
- When you’re looking for asparagus, try to find stalks that are medium thickness.
- Trim the bottom 2-3″ off the asparagus to remove the stringy part of the stalks.
- Use a high quality olive oil for the best results.
- Use a lemon infused olive oil to add an extra boost of fresh flavor to this dish. (affiliate link)
- Using fresh ground pepper will add more flavor.
- Use fresh grated Parmesan for the best results; however, the Kraft off-the-shelf version can be substituted if you can't get fresh.
- You may need to roast your asparagus for a few extra minutes if the stalks are very thick.
Such a simple and easy to make side dish. I love asparagus and roasting makes them so much more delicious. It will be great on a holiday buffet as well.
Great recipe and so simple too. Definitely will make them soon. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the day.
Thanks so much 🙂
Looks delicious! I would love to try it. Thanks for the recipe.
Those are really tasty asparagus, I would try it soon and this recipe will be cooked in a very short time.
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
This looks like such a great side dish to fish. I love asparagus!
Asparagus is the best!
you did such a great job. this is fantastic meal and you explained so well. everything you mentioned so it makes easy for us to make this dish. i will try this and tell you my experience.
Thanks Elizabeth! I hope you love it!
Now that is some tasty asparagus! My family would love your recipe for sure!