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Roasted Asparagus

Delicious Roasted Asparagus with the perfect easy seasoning blend and grated Parmesan cheese. Add a little crunch to your roasted asparagus with panko and/or breadcrumbs!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Roasted Asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 - 8 servings
Calories 144kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $3.52

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: fine sea salt, dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (or breadcrumbs - Note 1)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, separated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Use your largest baking sheet (I recommend a 15×21 inch sheet pan).
  • Wash under cold water and dry completely (do this quickly by rolling the spears in between two kitchen towels). Snap off the woody ends from each spear. 
  • Place the asparagus spears directly on your large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and melted butter. Add the salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss until the spears are well coated. They need to have enough oil and butter so the panko and Parmesan will stick; add an additional tablespoon of oil if needed (if you have more than 1.5 pounds asparagus). 
  • Finally, sprinkle the panko and 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Again, toss gently to ensure the panko and Parmesan coat all the spears.
  • Spread the asparagus into a single even layer; be sure they aren't overlapping; otherwise you get steamed instead of roasted asparagus (use 2 sheet pans if needed). Some of the panko/Parmesan will fall to the tray and that's fine as long as most of the asparagus is well coated. If not, sprinkle the mixture on the spears.
  • Bake 7-11 minutes or until spears are lightly browned, tender, and the Parmesan cheese is melted. (this may vary depending on actual oven temperature and size of spears). Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese on the hot asparagus. I like to take some of the toasted panko from the tray and add it on top of the bowl or platter of spears.
  • Enjoy immediately while hot.

Notes

Note 1: I think panko makes all the difference for this asparagus, but breadcrumbs will also work.  if you prefer, you can omit the crumbs entirely. To read about panko/breadcrumbs click here. You can typically find panko in the Japanese cuisine section of your store or near regular breadcrumbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.9g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 12.2g | Cholesterol: 13.5mg | Sodium: 152.6mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g