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Roasted Asparagus Parmesan Is Simply Too Easy To Not Make

by | Nov 28, 2021 | Recipes

Seriously, this Roasted Asparagus Parmesan is such an easy side dish to make! Plus, if you’re not roasting your veggies to make the easiest sides known to man, are you even eating veggies at all? This super easy side dish drizzles fresh asparagus spears with seasoned olive oil for a simple roasting. Then the asparagus is topped with a hearty helping of parmesan cheese to make a melty ribbon of nutty saltiness.

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Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. We were more of a meat and potatoes kind of family. And I honestly don’t remember ever seeing fresh asparagus when I was a kid. But I do remember seeing it offered in a can. Mainly because we spent a lot of time in the canned vegetable aisle at the grocery store.

The spears looked pretty in all of those Green Giant commercials and on the labels of the cans they were sold in. I knew how mushy peas were from a can; I couldn’t imagine those pretty green spears holding up very well either. I’m still not sure what canned asparagus is like because I’ve never purchased it.

But thankfully, after being introduced to asparagus by a coworker, I do purchase fresh asparagus quite often now. Sadly, that introduction wasn’t until about a decade ago (yeah, uh, that’s a story for another time, hahaha). Oven roasted asparagus is honest to God, so ridiculously simple. And it looks beautiful in presentation, especially with a ribbon of melted parmesan cheese on top. I don’t know why more people aren’t eating this simple dish more often.

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Roasted Asparagus Parmesan

If you’re looking for a low effort, high reward side dish, this Roasted Asparagus Parmesan checks all of the boxes. Typically when I make oven roasted asparagus, I make it on a large baking sheet because I’m looking for it to get super crispy. But with that method, much of the volume of the asparagus dwindles; where one bunch of asparagus would easily be a side for 2-4 people, it’s now lucky to be enough for just 2 folks.

bite of roasted asparagus topped with parmesan cheese

So, with this version of baked parmesan asparagus, I was focused more on how to get a tender spear with a hint of char rather than a crispy spear. That’s why I opt to drizzle oil over the spears rather than toss them in oil for a full coating. It’s also why I chose to roast the asparagus in a baking dish instead of on a baking sheet. Huddling the spears together in a mound inside of a baking dish, with just a touch of oil, ensures that the asparagus retains a lot of its moisture. This means the asparagus comes out tender, but still plump.

A Great Way to Use Asparagus Before It Goes Bad

Fresh asparagus is known for being a fickle veggie. She must be properly cared for in storage, otherwise she quickly turns flimsy, or worse, into mush. This parmesan asparagus recipe is also good for the times when you’ve let your asparagus sit a few days too long in the fridge. You know those times, when the asparagus is starting to wilt or dry out. When people see the melted parmesan on top, they won’t even notice that the asparagus you started out with was sub-par. Trust me.

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Ingredients For Roasted Asparagus Parmesan

overhead shot of ingredients to make roasted parmesan asparagus recipe
  • Asparagus – I prefer to use medium-sized asparagus spears for this easy side dish. The pencil thin ones will dry out and get too crispy even though they’re in a baking dish. And the larger, thicker spears don’t take on as much of the crisp/char element as the medium-sized spears.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Use freshly grated parmesan from a wedge or block if you can because that’s going to have the best meltability. I like to shred mine using the larger grate size of my cheese grater.
  • Olive Oil – This recipe is so simple that it’s key to have a good olive oil. Good is subjective, so what I’m saying is use one where you like the flavor and buy the best that you can afford without breaking the bank.
  • Garlic Powder & Onion Powder – These asparagus would be delicious without these two pantry staples, but the dish is so much better with them. So, use ’em if you got ’em!
  • Salt & Black Pepper – A little salt and pepper makes this dish shine just a little bit more than without them, especially the salt even though parmesan is a salty cheese.

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Ingredient Swaps & Variations

  • Make it Shine Bright Like a Diamond – Add an element of brightness to this Roasted Parmesan Asparagus by squeezing half of a lemon over the top of the dish just before serving. The acid in the lemon juice takes this dish to an entirely other level.
  • Give it a Lil’ Kick – If you like a lil’ heat with your food, I’ve got you covered. You could go one of two ways with this variation. First, you could sprinkle a little crushed red pepper or drizzle some sriracha over the dish just before serving. Second, you could add a little cayenne to the seasonings that go into the olive oil.
  • Give it an Old-Timer Spin – Do as our Grandmas did–use saved bacon drippings as your oil instead of olive oil.
  • Get a Lil’ Fancy – Speaking of bacon….if you have the time and want to add the effort, you could wrap each spear in a slice of bacon or wrap a few spears with a slice of bacon to make a cute lil’ bundle. The bacon will crisp up as the dish roasts. This also works with prosciutto.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

What to Remember – You can make this roasted parmesan asparagus dish with as little or as much parmesan cheese as you wish. Let your heart do the measuring. For a thick ribbon of melty cheese like shown in the pictures of this post, use the amount listed in the recipe.

What to Avoid – Make sure you serve the roasted parmesan asparagus immediately once it’s out of the oven because the cheese will cool quickly and you’ll lose that prime cheese-pull moment.

cheese pull of melted parmesan on roasted asparagus

Ways to Use Roasted Asparagus Parmesan Leftovers – If by chance you happen to have leftovers of this dish, my best recommendation is to use them in a frittata or an omelet. Chop up the asparagus big or small and toss in with the eggs, along with your protein (or other veggies) of choice. It’s great served with a side salad or a slice of crusty sourdough.

Recipes That Go Well with Roasted Asparagus Parmesan – Some of my other dishes that are great with asparagus are my Best Meat Sauce Lasagna Recipe, Best Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe from Scratch, and my One Pan Creamy Chicken and Spinach Skillet.

Recipe Notes

Storage – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge; they’ll stay good for 3-4 days.

Reheating – Leftovers of this baked parmesan asparagus dish are best reheated in the oven. I like to add my leftovers to a small baking sheet and reheat them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Servings & Nutrition – One serving of this Roasted Asparagus Parmesan is 1/4 of the dish. This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving has approximately 94 calories, 1 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of protein, 7 g of fat, and 0 g of sugar. For the full recipe and additional nutritional information, please see the recipe card below.

How to Make Roasted Asparagus Parmesan

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then, in a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper; set oil mixture aside.

Step 2. Remove the woody part of the asparagus (the bottom 2-2.5 inches of each stalk), and then add a layer of asparagus to the bottom of a small baking dish.

overhead shots of steps to make roasted asparagus parmesan

Step 3. Drizzle some of the oil mixture over the top of the layer of asparagus. Then add another layer of asparagus to the dish and top that with some of the oil. Repeat with any remaining asparagus and olive oil. Bake the asparagus for 15 minutes. Then, remove the baking dish from the oven and turn your oven broiler on high.

Step 4. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the roasted asparagus in a single ribbon or all over the dish, whichever you prefer. Return the asparagus to the oven and broil it for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

overhead of roasted asparagus parmesan in baking dish

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Frequently Asked Questions

Could I swap out the parmesan on these oven roasted asparagus for another salty cheese like feta?

Sure! I mean, it won’t be parmesan asparagus at that point, haha, but yeah roasted asparagus with another salty cheese like feta will be delicious. Just follow the rest of the recipe and directions and you’re asparagus will be great.

Could I sub in fresh garlic for the garlic powder?

Absolutely, and I would use thinly sliced garlic! BUT, don’t add the garlic into the olive oil. Instead, use the other seasonings in the olive oil and roast the asparagus for half of the time called for; at the halfway point, take the asparagus out and sprinkle the garlic over the asparagus. Return the dish to the oven to continue roasting, and follow the remainder of the recipe as it’s written.

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Roasted Asparagus Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Super easy to make, this Roasted Parmesan Asparagus recipe combines fresh asparagus with a seasoned oil and a hearty helping of parmesan cheese for a melty ribbon of nutty saltiness.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil with the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Prepare asparagus spears by cutting off the bottom 2-2.5 inches of the stalks (the woodiest part of the stalk). Place a layer of asparagus stalks into the bottom of a small baking dish.

3. Drizzle some of the seasoned olive oil over the asparagus. Add another layer of asparagus and drizzle oil over the layer. Repeat with any remaining asparagus and olive oil.

4. Transfer the baking dish to the oven and roast the asparagus for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Turn the oven broiler on to high.

6. Top the asparagus with the parmesan cheese. Then return the dish to the oven for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

This nutrition data is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. Please keep in mind that your specific nutritional values may vary based on the brand of ingredients you use to make this recipe.

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