It may come as a surprise to many that I eat other foods, besides baked goods :) I do, I really do! Here’s proof!
One of our favorite things to make for dinner is baked asparagus. Everyone in our house loves them, especially our 3 year-old! This is a super easy way to make asparagus that is delicious & healthy!
Start out by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Next, you’ll want to wash & gently shake dry your asparagus. Then trim off the ends (I usually cut them off at an angle) with a knife or kitchen shears. Then lay them all out nicely on a standard cookie sheet. This is the step that I usually have the daughter help me do. She loves it and is surprisingly very good at it! :) Next step is to drizzle some olive oil over the asparagus. We have a misto sprayer that is filled with olive oil, so we use that instead :) Sprinkle salt and pepper to your liking. I like to use coarse salt over ours. I would have said sea salt, but I learned from Food Network, that ALL salt is considered sea salt! Thank you, Alton Brown! There you have it! You learn something new every day. We put the pepper on after they have been cooked, since our daughter doesn’t like pepper (apparently it’s too spicy for her). We have also made this recipe with the addition of grated parmesan cheese as well. Just sprinkle it over the top of the asparagus before you put it in the oven. So good!
Typically, I would line the cookie sheet with foil for quick & easy clean-up, but I was feeling a bit lazy last night :) Which makes no sense at all since I had to clean up the pans AFTER the asparagus was done. Most days, my logic makes no sense at all.
Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes. The time can vary depending on how crunchy or soft you like your asparagus. We like ours about medium-not too mushy or too crunchy.
Look so good, right? It is SO delicious! I made some last night and took it over to our neighbor. She apparently loved it so much, she had to go run out and buy her own asparagus so she could make some more :)
Here’s a quick rundown for you.
recipe by A Little Bit Random
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
-Wash & gently shake dry asparagus (1 bunch)
-Cut off the ends.
-Lay asparagus out on a cookie sheet, in a single layer (be sure to leave some space in between each piece). You can line your sheets with foil with easy clean up.
-Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus
-Salt and Pepper to taste (I prefer coarse salt)
-Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese for some extra flavor & texture (optional)
-Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes
Serves approximately 2-4 people