Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil or old parchment. Set a cookie cooling rack on top of the parchment or foil.
Rinse the asparagus and break off the ends.
1 pound fresh asparagus
Spread the asparagus out on the rack. Drizzle or brush olive oil all over the asparagus, then sprinkle minced garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper all over the asparagus. Add parmesan cheese if using. (Here is where you can add lemon juice as well, but the taste will be very strong. I prefer just using the slices.)
2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
Toss to evenly coat then top with slices of lemon.
Put the asparagus in the oven for 10 minutes, then check for doneness. Add another 5 minutes if needed (thicker asparagus may need a longer cook time.)
When done, remove from the oven and serve!
📋 Tips I recommend breaking the ends off the asparagus stalks as opposed to cutting them off. Find the natural breaking point of your asparagus by grabbing the end and the middle of the stalk and gently bending it. The asparagus will snap at the correct spot. Some pieces will be longer than others, but that's fine. This will help you break off the woodier parts of the asparagus and results in super tender, perfect pieces.🙋♀️ Frequently Asked Questions Is Asparagus Good For You? Oh, yes. Asparagus is not only a super tasty green veggie - it’s also incredibly nutritious. Asparagus is really high in fiber as well as vitamins A, C, E, and K. It is also packed full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Asparagus is also high in folate (great for improved cognitive functioning, anti-aging, and it's also great for pregnant women.) Asparagus may also help the body protect itself against certain forms of cancers. (You can find out more about the nutritional benefits of asparagus at Heathline.)How Do You Pick Asparagus? Asparagus is easier to pick than you would think. To ensure that you get perfectly crisp asparagus that isn't woody, here's what to look for: Ideally, you should go for the thinner asparagus – the thicker the asparagus, the woodier they are more likely to be because they are older. Asparagus should be bright green with a little bit of purple - if they are really light in color, they will be super woody. On the flip side, you also want to make sure the asparagus is not limp and that the tips are not soft and wet. (Gross!) If the tips of the asparagus are at all mushy, they are past their prime and you should pass on those.What goes with roasted asparagus? I love serving roasted asparagus with a good steak - seared in a cast-iron skillet with a side of Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Skillet Cornbread.Does asparagus make your pee smell funny? Unfortunately, yes. The asparagusic acid in asparagus creates sulfurous byproducts that can make your pee smell a little funky. The funny smell can show up as early as 15 minutes after eating asparagus can last 12 to 14 hours.