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Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

This is the Best Baked Asparagus on your table in 15 minutes! It boasts caramelized roasted asparagus, nutty, salty Parmesan and tantalizing buttery, crispy panko! You are going to want to make this addictive dinner side your entire meal! This Baked Asparagus takes just minutes of prep and can be on your table in less than 15 minutes or it can be prepped ahead of time and just popped in the oven when ready (LOVE this for entertaining). It is a quick, easy dinner side, extremely versatile and healthy too, loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus (1 pound) ends trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp EACH garlic powder, salt
  • 1/4 tsp EACH pepper, dried oregano, dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp EACH ground nutmeg, dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or to taste

Buttery Panko Topping (optional but RECOMMENDED!)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Add asparagus to the baking sheet and add olive oil, lemon juice and all seasonings. Toss to evenly coat then arrange asparagus in a single layer. Evenly top with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until tender but still crisp.
  • While the asparagus is baking, make Panko topping. Melt one tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add panko and stir to coat then continue to cook and stir until panko is golden.
  • Sprinkle toasted panko all over baked asparagus. Serve immediately.