Easy Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Easy Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan | Cookie Monster Cooking

So now that Halloween is over, it’s time to turn our full attention to Thanksgiving!  This year is going to be a little different for us, seeing as how we are hosting not one but two (!!) separate Thanksgiving dinners.  I know …. things are going to get a little crazy around these parts.  Especially considering my day job is ramping up big time.  Deep breaths.

I’ll go into the two Thanksgiving dinners thing in another post, since I thought it might be helpful to share my game plan and menus in case anyone else is crazy enough to be in the same boat.  But for now, suffice it to say that we are going to keep things simple this year.  You know, so I can keep my sanity.

Easy Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan | Cookie Monster Cooking

Along those lines, I have quite a few easy sides as well as some make ahead dessert and breakfast options to share with you over the next few weeks.  And today we are going to start with a side dish that has long been a staple in our house.  While we make this roasted asparagus all throughout the year, it’s a perfect option for Thanksgiving since it’s easy, has barely any prep and is quick to pull together.  While the turkey is resting, just pop this dish in the oven and you have a delicious and healthier side dish that will be ready to serve in no time.

So, tell me.  What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year?  Anyone else crazy like me and planning to have more than one dinner?

Easy Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Yield: about 6 servings
  • 2 bunches (about 2 pounds) asparagus spears, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the asparagus spears on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle on the salt, pepper and garlic. Toss to combine and then arrange the spears in a single layer on the sheet.
  3. Bake for about 18 to 22 minutes, or until tender, tossing once halfway through.
  4. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
The asparagus will take on the longer end of the baking time if the spears are on the thicker side (conversely, it will be quicker if they are thin). Keep an eye on them earlier if they are really skinny - I had one very skinny batch that was done in around 15 minutes.

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  1. This turned out fantastic! 22 minutes cooked my asparagus perfectly. Thank you so much!!

    • I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you for letting me know! This is one of our go-to side dishes all the time : )

  2. I think it’s pretty incredible that you’re doing not ONE, but TWO (!!!) dinners this year! But that’s awesome, and I really hope it works out wonderfully and everything is delicious.

    Speaking of, this asparagus looks divine, and the perfect kind of side to whip up in advance for a Thanksgiving meal you’re attending. Just pinned it because I will definitely be making it in the future!

  3. wow 2 dinners?! I was given the charge of making mashed potatoes and I’m totally stressed – sending lots of positive energy your way, Ashley! I know you can do it, though. :D This roasted asparagus needs to be on MY thanksgiving table for sure!

  4. The more sides the better when it comes to Thanksgiving…you asparagus will be perfect.

  5. Simple is good Ashley! Especially since you are hosting TWO dinners. Bravo to you! I don’t think I’d manage such tasks. For me, hosting one Thanksgiving dinner is enough. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies! So glad to find a new twist on it. YUM! :) Have a great rest of the week my friend. :)

  6. Two Thanksgiving dinners is a lot of food and work! Sounds like you’re up for the challenge. Love some roasted asparagus. It’s the perfect side dish. Works well for a casual meal or a special occasion.

  7. Roasted Asparagus is so simple and so utterly delicious! It’s like roasted green beans – they taste like French Fries with just the right amount of salty goodness! :)

  8. This looks so yummy and nourishing! YUM :)

  9. Perfect timing! It’s the season of work potlucks and I’ve been scouring the internet for a good veggie side dish. This looks fantastic and yummy! Definitely gonna try making this, thanks!

  10. Roasted veggies is just magic, and when the question is Parmesan cheese, my answer is YES!!! Good luck with the double dinner. You are one ambitious lady.

  11. I am jealous that you can still find green asparagus at this time of year. They are my favourite veggies.

  12. We’ve never had asparagus at Thanksgiving before. I’m not sure why, since it is delicious! And with the parmesan on top? Yes, please!

  13. I love all roasted veggies, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried roasted asparagus. This looks fantastic, especially with the dusting of parmesan to give it some extra flavor.

    And good luck on hosting two(!) Thanksgiving dinners, my friend. I can’t even imagine how much work that will be. We haven’t hosted Thanksgiving yet, which is just fine by me. My mother-in-law does such a good job that I’m happy to just show up with armfuls of various desserts ; )

  14. Oh girl! You are ambitious! But I know you’ll totally rock both parties. Can’t wait to see and hear about what you serve! This asparagus looks like the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Thank you for sharing it!

  15. I love asparagus, simple and easy, just like in your recipe. It’s even better when it’s grilled this way vs. baked! About Thanksgiving – we’re going to have a huge family gathering where we will be cooking a lot, and not just on Thanksgiving! We will have a feast every day for a week!

  16. Two Thanksgiving parties, you deserve a big nap and a extra big slice of pumpkin pie afterwards! Love these veggies..

  17. I love roasted asparagus, it is so simple but so delicious! Two Thanksgivings is a lot of food! Since our families live so far apart, we only have to do one dinner each year.

  18. They look yum !! You jus gave me a delicious side recipe for our thanksgiving menu :)

  19. Mmm, I LOVE easy, healthy side dishes like this. Being a college student, I get far too little veggies, so recipes like this are perfect to whip up with dinner.

  20. Two Thanksgivings!?! Yikes! You’ll be busy! Justin is a huge fan of asparagus, and although I’ll eat them, they’re just not my favorite thing. I find though that roasting veggies really changes the taste, so I think I’d like them much better that way, and there’s also the parmesan…always a win in my book! ;-)

  21. Roasting pretty much any vegetable is a fantastically wonderful idea… and roasted asparagus is simply amazing. Love it. Doing 2 Thanksgiving dinners? You. are. brave.

  22. Two Thanksgiving dinners sounds crazy! I’ve never done one on my own, because we don’t celebrate it here, but all that food sounds amazing. Maybe we should start celebrating it in Spain hmmm ;)
    Anyway, I’m sure you’ll do great! You’re super efficient and productive, so you’ll have no problem doing two wonderful dinners! I still remember that party you blogged about and you did an awesome job, so I’m sure you’ll be fine this time! Good luck :D
    And these asparagus sound delish, by the way. So simple, yet so good! x

  23. I’d happily devour asparagus, minus the parmesan. Can’t stand cheese :D

  24. Two Thanksgiving dinners? Wow, you certainly have your work cut out for you. I’m sure you’ll do great though! I haven’t had two dinners since I lived in the states and celebrated Canadian + American Thanksgiving, but one month apart. This easy asparagus dish looks like the perfect side to make the cooking load a little lighter.

  25. Uh yeah, you should definitely keep it simple with two Thanksgiving dinners to plan. Holy busy!

    I’ve never even done one Thanksgiving dinner on my own- I can’t imagine two.
    Last year, I spent my Thanksgiving taking call at the hospital and this year, we have plans to go to a get together with friends, so it should be fun.

    This looks like a perfectly simple and delicious side to make. I love roasted asparagus and a little parmesan makes everything better.

    • The joys of living far away from both our families : ) The good news is that they are spread apart by about two weeks … so at least I have time to regroup in between the two! lol

  26. Two Thanksgivings?! You are brave! :) We love roasted asparagus, so I know this dish would be a hit at my house!

  27. Asparagus is my favorite vegetable, so it’s a staple in our house as well. I roast it often, but I rarely put parm on top. The nuttiness of the cheese is so good with roasted veggies — I need to remember to do it next time! This would be a great Thanksgiving side dish. I’m hosting dinner, too, and I need to make it simple as well. I know your dinner will be a huge success — you seem to be very on top of things! :)

  28. I love roasted asparagus! Yum!

  29. Wow, hosting two Thanksgiving dinners? Definitely not a small task to take on but I know if anyone can pull it off beautifully, it would be you Ashley :)
    I adore asparagus and this roasted parmesan version looks wonderful! Love easy simple dishes like this, it sounds perfect :)

  30. I’m making roasted asparagus with potatoes and pork tenderloin for dinner tonight and you’ve convinced me to jazz up my asparagus with some parmesan! : ) I totally agree that it’s great for Thanksgiving! (Maybe it’s the whole Thanksgiving mindset because I’m craving brussels sprouts right now!)

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