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Easy Side Dishes: Roasted Asparagus


It’s that time of year my friends… you know what I’m talking about. No, not allergy attacks brought on by glorious blooming trees and cleaning out closets to make way for lighter clothing, it’s much more exciting than that.

It’s grill season!  HOORAY!

AKA: “My husband can make dinner” season.

So now that my man can man the grill, that brings me to start busting out a few of my favorite easy side dishes.  I say easy, because what usually happens is Brandon says, “Alright I’m going to grill,” and I have about 15-20 minutes MAX to makes something happen.  That something usually involves some kind of vegetable that is slowly dying in our crisper and that is in major need of some love and attention.  Attention in the form of the usual suspects, that is.

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Garlic?  Check.

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Bottle of delicious?  Check.  A little kick for the taste buds?  Check and check.

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Cheese? Duh.

Roasted Asparagus
Time: 20 min
Serves 2
You’ll need:
Bunch of fresh asparagus, stems trimmed
1 T olive oil, or flavored oil of your choice
1-2 T minced garlic, brushed onto stalks
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 T grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions:  Preheat oven to 425.  On a large flat baking sheet (covered with foil), spread out asparagus stalks and drizzle with oil.  With a basting brush, spread garlic evenly, then sprinkle with red pepper and parmesan, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Roast for 15-18 minutes, until tips are crispy and cheese is slightly browned.

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This is probably one of the easiest side dishes that I make, and I make it pretty regularly.  The garlic is key here because it brings so much flavor and balances the bitterness of the asparagus.  Also it makes your house smell like a little palace of delight.

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I realize this is a ridiculously easy recipe, but that’s really the beauty of it.  Because along with the reappearance of the grill this time of year comes my need to make dinners that take under 30 minutes.

And preferably don’t come out of a box and rhyme with shmozen shmizza.

What’s your favorite way to cook asparagus?

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16 thoughts on “Easy Side Dishes: Roasted Asparagus

  1. I love asparagus. My mom likes to wrap it in prosciutto and grill it. It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever.

  2. We all know how I feel about roasted veggies, so this dish is right up my alley. Of course, you can also grill asparagus which is equally as delicious and then you can make Brandon cook the WHOLE meal. :)

  3. Roasted asparagus is my favorite side dish. I have yet to jazz it up with garlic and parm. Sounds delicious! Will have to keep that combo in mind for the next time. Since you share my love of garlic, you may like asparagus soup – I load it up with garlic and cayanne. Perfect with a grilled cheese!

  4. I looove asparagus, but my husband DOESN’T. Sadly, I don’t make it too often, but I really want to give your preparation a try!

  5. On the grill. I use a grill basket and put a little EVOO and seasoning on the asparagus and it cooks up very quickly.

  6. Delicious! I love asparagus pretty much any way it can be prepared. I wish we grilled more, but since it’s a communal one it takes planning.

  7. Yummmmm!! And haha “palace of delight”… lol love it. Asparagus is so so good, I like to enjoy it sauted with some fresh garlic, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper and some freshly grated Parm at the end!

  8. I saw a recipe just like this one a few months ago on Pinterest with broccoli, originally – ever since then, I’ve been making it with every green vegetable in sight, including asparagus of course! It’s also good with brussels sprouts (cut in half), and definitely broccoli and cauliflower as well. Zesting and juicing half a lemon over the finished product is amazeballs – give it a try!

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