Italian Roasted Asparagus With Walnuts and Parmesan cheese

A quick side dish that can be adapted in so many ways. Try a different combination of citrus, nuts and cheese, such as orange zest, pistachio and Pecorino. For a cheeseless version, try lime zest, almonds and fine shredded coconut.


Makes four servings


  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil and arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet. Mix the garlic, lemon zest, chopped walnuts, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the cheese and nut mixture over the asparagus and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

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