Roasting vegetables is an excellent way to bring out their natural flavors. This roasted asparagus recipe is easy to prepare and can be on your table in less than 20 minutes.
I received this gorgeous bunch of asparagus in one of my Summer CSA shares. I don't cook asparagus very often. My hubby doesn't really like asparagus. He will pretty much eat any other vegetable. My son though loves asparagus. I will pick up a bunch to cook for him if I am also making a vegetable that he doesn't care for. The other night I made asparagus for my son and zucchini for my hubby. I like both, so I get to eat a little of each.
Asparagus is a rich source of nutrients including fiber, Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin B1, Selenium, and Vitamin C. Fiber rich foods help improve our digestion, aid in weight loss, and help lower risk of certain cancers particularly of the intestines. Diets rich in fiber are also beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels and aiding in blood sugar control.
Even though I like asparagus I can't just eat steamed asparagus. I need to use some type of seasoning. My go-to ingredients are salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil. Simply toss the asparagus in these 4 ingredients, spread the veggies evenly onto your baking pan and place them in the oven. You don't need to really watch the asparagus, so roasting them frees you up to focus on prepping the rest of your meal.
Cheese is optional. You don't need it, but we like it. I always have Parmesan cheese in my fridge, but you could use any shredded cheese you have.
- 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Pinch of Black Pepper
- ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place asparagus evenly onto a baking sheet.
- Cook asparagus for 10 minutes.
- Removed asparagus and sprinkle cheese evening over asparagus.
- Return asparagus to oven and let cheese melt for 2-3 minutes.