Oven-Roasted Asparagus is a relatively easy and tasty vegetable to prepare, but it can be tricky to achieve the appropriate texture. The spears need to have some bite to them, thus in this recipe, they’re cooked quickly and at high heat. Another pro prep tip: bend the raw asparagus, and it will break in its natural spot and you can dispose of the woody, tough stem. That way, you can enjoy the roasty, strong garden flavor of the asparagus without an unpleasant chew. Serve Oven-Roasted Asparagus alongside a seared steak or roast chicken.
Ingredients• 1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1 1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, optional, for serving
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle it with the olive oil.
Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with the parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until just tender, about 12-15 minutes depending on thickness.
Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.