Oven Roasted Asparagus

Do you have veggies in the fridge that you don’t know what to do with? Oven roast them.

I am sad to say that I didn’t always know about the joys of oven roasting, but it is a truly miraculous little technique that transforms bland veggies into magical treats. I bought some asparagus last week with high hopes of doing something with them but alas, it didn’t quite work out. They waited patiently and hopefully bundled in two purple rubber-bands, simply begging for a purpose. Today they got their wish.

Oven Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus
2-3 T. olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely minces or crushed
salt & pepper
parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash your precious asparagus and place them on a foil lined baking sheet, evenly spread. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the stalks and shake/grind salt & pepper.

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With a cheese grater, lightly grate parmesan cheese over the asparagus (a small dusting, if you will).
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Place them in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the ends become crisp and the stalks become soft. They lose much of their rigidity when this happens, so if you pull one out and it is still standing proud and tall, then he probably needs more time in the oven. They will also lose their bright green color and fade to toasted green-brown.

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Let cool briefly and transfer with tongs to a plate. For extra flavor, you could squeeze a little lemon on top, but I prefer the mild parmesan garlic taste.

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