Pan Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan


This is a recipe I make often because it’s super quick, tasty, and easy to make. I also love that it pairs with so many different main course dishes. I love the garlicky flavor with the salty Parmesasn – it makes the asparagus extra special in my opinion.  I served this asparagus with a delicious meatloaf (to post tomorrow) and some Creamy Mashed Potatoes for a delicious and comforting meal.

Remove the wooden ends of the asparagus spears. Swirl a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears in a single layer then cover with a lid and cook until the asparagus is bright green and still crisp, about 5 minutes. Uncover and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Continue to cook, stirring often until the spears are fork tender yet still a bit crisp, another 1-2 minutes.

Move the spears to one side of the skillet then add the last 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to the other side of the skillet. Add the minced garlic to the olive oil, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring the garlic constantly. Toss the spears with the garlic and olive oil for 30 seconds then remove from the skillet to a serving plate. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Pan Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 7-10 min.

Total Time: 15-17 min.

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil, divided
15-20 spears of asparagus, wooden ends removed
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 small cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Remove the wooden ends of the asparagus spears. Swirl a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears in a single layer then cover with a lid and cook until the asparagus is bright green and still crisp, about 5 minutes. Uncover and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Continue to cook, stirring often until the spears are fork tender yet still a bit crisp, another 1-2 minutes.

Move the spears to one side of the skillet then add the last 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to the other side of the skillet. Add the minced garlic to the olive oil, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring the garlic constantly. Toss the spears with the garlic and olive oil for 30 seconds then remove from the skillet to a serving plate. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking

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24 Responses to “Pan Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan”

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    Kris — February 19, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Hi Pam. That is a favorite in our house too! I toss in Olive Oil and season and roast in the oven. YUM!!
    xo Kris

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    Rachel — February 19, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    I love this method of cooking asparagus! I add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the oil to add a little heat. Also, I sometimes omit the cheese and top with a splash of soy sauce for an asian flavor.

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    Nisa Homey — February 19, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    Hi Pam, love your version…bookmarked!!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — February 19, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook asparagus –thanks for sharing Pam.

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    mia xara — February 19, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Hi Pam, this is a very light and easy way to prepare asparagus!!! The pictures look very appetizing!! XOXO

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    Carmen Rosa — February 20, 2013 @ 1:56 am

    hmmm, this sounds like a lovely and different way to serve asparagus. yummy!

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    The Sketched Chef — February 20, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    This looks amazing !

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    Diane — February 20, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Mmmmm that looks really good. Our asparagus should be growing quite soon :-) Take care Diane

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    Debbie — February 20, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    This is one terrific recipe. I’ll have to try this.

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    Peggy Recker — February 20, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    This sounds so good!

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    The USA Kiwi (Kylee) — February 20, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    I love asparagus, the DH does not. Who cares, I’m making it for just me!!

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    Kristin — February 20, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    This looks delicious! I love asparagus, and have a couple good variations for roasting it, but will definitely have to try this flavor combination!

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    Lia — February 20, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Dear pam,
    How delicious and fantastic is this combination of flavours and textures!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    bellini — February 20, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I am eagerly waiting for asparagus season and all things Spring.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 20, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Love the simplicity and flavors of this dish!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 20, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Love that you piled the Parmesan on there… my kind of cook! :)

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    Joanne — February 20, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Roasted asparagus is my favorite! I literally could eat it every day.

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    The Café Sucré Farine — February 20, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Sounds delish! See asparagus start to show up at the markets for a decent price is very exciting, definitely a promise of spring!

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    Marjie — February 20, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I do something similar, but I cut my asparagus in bite sized pieces on the diagonal! I need to try adding the parmesan, which I’ve never done.

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    vanillasugarblog — February 20, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    this sounds so good in a creamy soup!
    doesn’t it?

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 21, 2013 @ 4:17 am

    This is so delicious! Can’t wait for the asparagus season arrive!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — February 21, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Asparagus is always one of my favorite vegetables. This is such a yummy way to serve it.

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    Chris — February 26, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Next to deep fried asparagus (amazing amazing amazing), this is my favorite veggie and my favorite preparation of it…even better than grilled. Don’t tell anyone I said that.

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    Brian — December 16, 2013 @ 4:11 am

    This method of preparing asparagus looks delicious.
    will definitely give it a try.

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