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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is a simple, elegant side dish that pairs the distinct, earthy flavour of asparagus with the rich, aromatic essence of garlic and the nutty, salty taste of Parmesan cheese. This recipe transforms asparagus into a deliciously crispy, tender delicacy, with a golden Parmesan crust that's irresistible. It's a versatile dish that complements a wide range of main courses, from simple weeknight dinners to special holiday meals, showcasing the natural beauty and flavour of one of spring's most beloved vegetables.

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Preparation Time and Servings:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

  • Total Time: 20 minutes

  • Servings: 4 people

Ingredients List:

  • 500g (1.1 lbs) asparagus, ends trimmed

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Equipment Needed:

  • Baking sheet

  • Mixing bowl

  • Aluminium foil or parchment paper (for lining the baking sheet)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F). Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

  2. Prepare Asparagus: Place the asparagus in a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the asparagus evenly.

  3. Arrange on Baking Sheet: Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Ensure the spears are not overcrowded to allow for even roasting.

  4. Add Parmesan: Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese evenly over the asparagus.

  5. Roast: Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and the Parmesan cheese is golden and crispy.

  6. Serve: Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving platter. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for a refreshing burst of flavour.

Suggested Side Dishes:

  • Grilled chicken or fish

  • A light, citrusy quinoa salad

  • Mashed potatoes or a creamy risotto

Common Mistakes/Points of Care:

  • Overcrowding the Pan: Spread the asparagus in a single layer to ensure it roasts properly, becoming crispy rather than steamed.

  • Oven Temperature: The high heat is crucial for achieving a crispy, golden crust on the asparagus and Parmesan.

  • Freshness of Asparagus: Use fresh asparagus for the best results; it should be bright green and firm to the touch.

Nutritional Values (per serving):

  • Calories: 150 kcal

  • Protein: 6g

  • Carbohydrates: 6g

  • Fat: 12g

  • Saturated Fat: 3g

  • Sodium: 200mg

  • Fiber: 2g

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