Although making Roasted Asparagus might seem intimidating at first, don't worry it's not hard at all! It's as simple as trim, lay on a sheet pan, sprinkle in olive oil and tasty spices, and perhaps throw in a dash of cheese and bake!
salt, or to taste
cracked black pepper, or to taste
or 1/4 teaspoon pr less if using ground black pepper
grated parmesan cheese, optional
fresh squeezed lemon juice, optional
garlic powder, optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Trim the flat ends of the asparagus (I cut off about 1 inch) and discard.
Arrange asparagus on a baking sheet or wide baking dish in a single layer.
Drizzle olive oil over the top, use your fingers to toss the asparagus in the oil to coat. (I just sort of roll the asparagus back and forth a bit to coat it).
Season with salt and pepper (if using garlic powder and/or parmesan cheese, sprinkle over the asparagus now).
Bake for 15-18 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork. Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the top (if using, completely optional) and serve immediately.
Asparagus ends to not have to be trimmed, I prefer to trim mine off because I feel they tend to be tough.