Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic, Parmesan, & Lemon is a quick and easy side dish that is especially delicious in Springtime when asparagus is in season!
Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables, especially in the spring. We often eat it prepared simply with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. But I LOVE the lemon, Parmesan, and garlic flavors in this version and if you take just an extra minute or two to grate some fresh Parmesan, mince a couple cloves of garlic, and juice a lemon, you can have an impressive and incredibly flavorful asparagus side dish that is perfect for a holiday dinner or even just your typical weeknight meal. It goes wonderfully with pan seared steaks, roasted chicken, or grilled whole fish.
Roasting is one of my favorite ways of preparing vegetables. It draws out their natural sweetness and tones down bitterness. The technique of roasting the asparagus at a high temperature cooks the outside quickly so that the asparagus gets tender but still retains a bit of crunch. Because nobody likes limp, overcooked asparagus.
Another thing I love about asparagus is how easy it is to prepare for roasting. You can literally trim the tough ends of an entire bunch of asparagus with one chop, then lay all the asparagus right on your baking sheet (yay for not using extra dishes!) where you drizzle it with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before giving it a quick toss. Then you pop it in the oven and can work on finishing the rest of dinner. It’s seriously like 2 minutes of preparation and as long as you set a timer and don’t forget about it, it turns out perfectly every time.
This oven roasted asparagus would be perfect alongside your ham, cheesy potatoes and knotted orange sweet rolls for Easter dinner. And any leftovers are delicious the next day as well, either eaten cold in a salad, over eggs at breakfast or just reheated.
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