Thursday, July 28, 2011

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

It's been hot in this part of the country lately. We're talking majorly hot for Iowa, and pretty humid, too. But that hasn't stopped me from firing up the oven and roasting some asparagus. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Summer or winter, it doesn't really matter to me. Roasting is an absolute necessity in my everyday cooking, mainly because it's easy and requires very little hands-on time. But you already know how much I love roasting, don't you?

I make this asparagus quite frequently. Last fall when Joey and I visited our aunt, uncle and cousins in Wisconsin, I made this asparagus to go with dinner. The four kiddos we were feeding were all under the age of 11 and this asparagus was a major hit! If I remember correctly, there were even requests for seconds. Now that's a sign of a good recipe if I've ever seen one.

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

*1 bunch asparagus with the ends trimmed
*1/2 tablespoon olive oil
*1 clove garlic, minced
*Salt and black pepper 
*1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

*Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with foil. Line asparagus on baking sheet.
*In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and garlic. Drizzle over the asparagus in the baking pan. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
*Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus is. During the last two minutes of baking, sprinkle Parmesan cheese atop asparagus and bake for the remaining two minutes.

Happy Cooking!



Kim said...

this is my go-to veggie recipe - love it. i just recently started to like asparagus THIS YEAR, and now i'm obsessed.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I also love roasting veggies, it brings out so much good flavor! This looks delish!

Becki (Becki's Whole Life) said...

I love zucchini and its one of those green veggies that my girls will eat happily, too. This is a great technique and recipe!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray said...

Ooh, how great! I have a great recipe for roasted asparagus, but I've never tried adding parmesan to it. This looks so yummy. :)

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess said...

I could eat asparagus all day long (in fact, in college, I would totally get made fun of for just eating a plate heaped with asparagus as my whole dinner, whenever our sorority had asparagus as the side vegetable... and certainly I did deserve the ribbing, though it was soooo worth it!). And normally I'm a keep-it-simple kind of asparagus eater. But this sounds really yummy, and I'm sure the parmesan cheese really compliments the flavor. Also great to have a kid-friendly way to serve all the green things, without resorting to cheese whiz. :-)


Anonymous said...

I love how easy this recipe is!

Sara @ my less serious life said...

i love asparagus and roasted vegetables, but for some reason have never made roasted asparagus! this looks like the perfect one to try.


Jesse said...

yum, looks delicious. i would probably dip it in tomato sauce as well:) but not ketchup!

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