simple recipe for baked asparagus

Baked Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon (optional, for zest and juice)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  1. Prepare the Asparagus:
  • Wash the asparagus thoroughly under cold water.
  • Trim the tough ends of the asparagus (about 1-2 inches from the bottom).
  1. Season the Asparagus:
  • Place the asparagus on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus.
  • Sprinkle the minced garlic, salt, and pepper over the asparagus.
  • Toss the asparagus to ensure even coating with the oil and seasonings.
  1. Bake the Asparagus:
  • Arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and slightly crispy on the edges.
  1. Optional Finishing Touches:
  • If using, zest the lemon over the baked asparagus and squeeze a bit of lemon juice for added flavor.
  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the hot asparagus for a cheesy finish.
  1. Serve:
  • Transfer the baked asparagus to a serving platter.
  • Enjoy as a side dish with your favorite main course!

Tips:

  • For extra flavor, you can add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes before baking.
  • Try adding different herbs such as thyme or rosemary for variation.

Enjoy your delicious baked asparagus!

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