Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

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Crispy, slightly salty baked asparagus with parmesan is an easy, delicious side to pop in the oven and have on the table in no time at all.

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

Baked asparagus is fork-tender and slightly crisp on the edges. Topped with Parmesan, it’s a side dish that we all enjoy.

My preference is to use a freshly shaved or shredded Parmesan. That tends to work better than the finely grated Parmesan.

If you want to make clean-up super easy line your baking sheet with parchment paper first. No crispy cheese to soak or scrap off your baking sheet this way.

How To Bake Asparagus

Baked Asparagus Ingredients

The beauty of this recipe is the amount of flavor you can get from such simple ingredients. All you really need are asparagus and shredded parmesan cheese.

A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper from the pantry will season this perfectly.

Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss with your hands to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan. Bake until the cheese begins to melt and lightly brown, about 5-10 minutes more.
Parmesan Baked Asparagus

Asparagus Cooking Tips

Just a note about asparagus, like many vegetable recipes, the quality of the asparagus will make a difference in the final result. Avoid asparagus whose tips have opened up or are mushy in texture when you touch them.

The longer you store asparagus, the woodier or stringier it will be. So, harvest or purchase your asparagus as close as possible to the time you plan to cook it.

If you do wind up with slightly woody asparagus, you can peel the woody ends with a vegetable peeler (we really like this one that swivels!) and this will soften it a good bit.

For a few more asparagus options, crispy, tender, honey glazed asparagus is an absolutely unforgettable side dish for any meal. The smoky heat of the cayenne melds beautifully into the honey in the glaze.

The rich flavors of butter, garlic, and lemon come together with the earthiness of fresh asparagus to create a pasta you will immediately crave again. I have never had leftovers when making this recipe.

Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

Baked Asparagus With Parmesan

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Crispy, slightly salty baked asparagus with parmesan is an easy, delicious side to pop in the oven and have on the table in no time at all.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound asparagus ends trimmed, and woody ends lightly peeled if desired
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss with your hands to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan. Bake until the cheese begins to melt and lightly brown, about 5-10 minutes more.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal · Carbohydrates: 6g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 11g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 6g · Cholesterol: 11mg · Sodium: 512mg · Potassium: 252mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 2g · Vitamin A: 965IU · Vitamin C: 6mg · Calcium: 138mg · Iron: 3mg
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