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Roasted asparagus with shaved parmesan

Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
Roasted asparagus is one of our favorite, easiest sides that can be made any time of year and for any occasion. It's simply flavored with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese, that's it! And all you have to do is let the asparagus roast in the oven until the desired tenderness is reached, which should take about 10 minutes. As a general note, you should always keep a wedge of high-quality Parmesan cheese in your refrigerator to add amazing flavor to simple roasted vegetables, pastas, and soups. We like Parmigiano Reggiano, which adds a deliciously nutty taste.



1½ pound(s), tough stems snapped off

Olive oil

1½ tsp

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

tsp, coarsely ground, or to taste

Parmesan cheese

1 oz, aged-variety such as Parmigiano Reggiano, at room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Spread asparagus in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Roast, shaking pan once or twice during cooking, until asparagus is fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes (varies greatly depending on thickness of spears).
  3. Remove from oven and arrange asparagus on a serving plate; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using a paring knife or microplane, cut paper-thin slices of cheese and arrange over asparagus. Yields 1/4 of asparagus and cheese per serving.