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Roast asparagus with Parmesan

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Roast asparagus with Parmesan

Starter Serves 4 25 min
This is by far the easiest way to cook asparagus when you're entertaining. They shrivel a little, but their flavour is intensified. The exact cooking time depends on the thickness of the asparagus: smaller stems will take no more than 10 minutes, thicker ones up to 18 or so. Test with a skewer a couple of inches from the base of the stem to see if they are tender.

Cook's notes

We've used Parmesan in this recipe but if you are vegetarian you can use an alternative. Good vegetarian Parmesan can be difficult to get hold of; vegetarian Pecorino is often tastier.


  • 450g asparagus
  • 6-8 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • Parmesan, grated, to serve (optional)


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 20 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Cut the woody ends of stems off the asparagus and if you think it necessary, peel the bottom couple of inches. Generously oil a large ovenproof dish or roasting tin (big enough to take the asparagus in a tight single layer). Sprinkle coarse sea salt lightly over the base.
  • Step 2

    Arrange the asparagus on top and drizzle over the remaining olive oil, erring on the generous side. Turn the asparagus with your hands to coat them nicely in oil. Sprinkle with a little more salt. Roast for 10-18 minutes until tender. Scatter with Parmesan if you wish, and serve immediately.

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