4.2 from 10 votes

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Simple, easy and delicious first course or side dish
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 85
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges, for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  • If the stalks of the asparagus are thick and/or seem tough, peel the bottom half of each.
  • Place the asparagus on sheet pan or oven safe baking dish and drizzle with the olive oil. Roll/toss to coat with the oil and then arrange in a single layer for even cooking. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Place in the oven and bake/roast until tender to your liking, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size/age of your asparagus.
  • Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and return to the oven until the cheese melts, another 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve with the lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

Substitutions and Variations:
  • no asparagus: any single or vegetable combination would work – broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, etc.
  • no parmesan: substitute any flavorful meltable cheese – asiago, cheddar, pepper jack, feta, etc.
  • no lemon: skip it or substitute a drizzle of your favorite vinegar - red wine, balsamic, etc.
  • more flavor: add a clove or two of chopped fresh garlic before roasting. If you don't have fresh garlic, granulated garlic or garlic salt will work well.
  • more spice: sprinkle with a pinch or two of crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, ground chili pepper, etc.
  • more veg: add additional vegetables when roasting your asparagus. Three of my favorites are sliced red bell pepper, mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th recipe)
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.1g8%
Carbohydrates 6.8g2%
Fiber 3.6g14%
Protein 5.6g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oven roasted asparagus, parmesan asparagus