Roasted Asparagus With Crunchy Parmesan Topping

Total Time
24mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
14 mins

A Mark Bittman recipe.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan.
  2. Rinse asparagus and break off woody bottoms. Peel if thick. Lay stalks in a baking dish that will hold them in two or three layers. If the asparagus are thick, add a splash of water. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper; place in oven.
  3. Roast until the asparagus are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Test for doneness by piercing a spear with point of a sharp knife; it should slide in but meet a little resistance. (Up to this point, the recipe can be made as much as two hours before serving; just leave asparagus at room temperature.).
  4. Turn on broiler and place rack as close as possible to heating element. Top asparagus with cheese-crumb mixture and run under broiler to brown for 1-2 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.