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Ina Fridays – Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Posted May 03 2013 7:12am

Happy Friday! I’ve joined a group of bloggers who are devoting the first Friday of each month to the recipes of  Ina Garten, the  Barefoot Contessa . How fun is that?

As a huge Ina Garten fan, I feel compelled to take part. And since I own all of her cookbooks, it’s the perfect way to finally give them some of the attention they deserve.

This month we are focusing on salad, soup, and side recipes. Since it’s asparagus season I decided to highlight what has become one of my favorite springtime vegetable dishes, Ina’s Parmesan Roasted Asparagus .

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

The recipe appears in Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family . I’m not sure if it was Ina who introduced me to the concept of roasted asparagus, but she definitely gets credit for the idea of topping it with shredded Parmesan! This is my kind of recipe. Easy. Simple. Delicious.

Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Barefoot Contessa Family Style

I’ve made it many many times. We had it most recently as part of our Easter dinner. The only thing I did differently this time was cook it in my Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System , so it didn’t brown up quite as much as it would have in a regular oven.

Ina's Roasted Asparagus

Ina’s Roasted Asparagus

I adapted the recipe slightly, reducing it to make enough for four servings instead of six and cutting back a little on the olive oil and Parmesan. Mom especially went crazy for it and ended up making it again for herself a few days later. If you are looking for an easy, healthy and delicious first course or side dish to serve during asparagus season, this Parmesan Roasted Asparagus is hard to beat.

Be sure to check out what other’s are cooking up at the end of the post.


Ina's Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Ina’s Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

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Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
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Simple, easy and delicious first course or side dish
Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetable
Serves: 4

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges, for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. If the stalks of the asparagus are thick and/or seem tough, peel the bottom half of each. Arrange them in a single layer on a sheet pan and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place in the oven and bake/roast until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and return to the oven until the cheese melts, another 1 to 3 minutes. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/4th): 85 calories, 5.1 g fat, 6.8 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 5.6 g protein and 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus




Slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family .

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