Simply Asparagus Recipe-The Perfect Side Dish

Easy to make and great on the side for a summer barbeque. Try this simple asparagus recipe!

I welcome today, a guest post by my fellow blogger, Paula Reyne. I envy Paula, she’s a foodie. I am not. I asked her for a recipe that even I could do, less than 5 ingredients and steps. Yes, I’m that useless in the kitchen. But she stepped up to the challenge and even made it healthy! Thank you Paula and I hope all of you can share and enjoy!

Asparagus with Lemon, Butter & Parmesan – Guest post by Paula Reyne

Paula ReyneWhen the sun is out that’s where I want to be, and since my husband and I have a nice little lounging area just outside our back door, pretty much every weekend when the weather is nice, that’s where you’ll find us – cooking and enjoying at least one, if not multiple meals, al fresco.
My husband mans the grill because he enjoys that (I think it has to something to do with that whole primitive instinct to make fire…), and so I will handle the sides and/or dessert (if we choose to have one). That arrangement works well for us, because I only prepare things that can be made up quickly and either stowed in the refrigerator and pulled out later when ready to eat, or that I can shove in the oven and forget about until the meat on the grill is ready.[pullquote width=”300″ float=”right”] I do it this way because basically I really just want to spend all my time sipping on a beverage and hanging out outside, and it’s as close as I can get to doing absolutely nothing -[/pullquote]
The recipe I’m about to share with you is one that my husband actually discovered awhile back, when he was working at trying to shed a few extra pounds. Along the way, we found that we both enjoyed it so much that it became one of our ‘signature side dishes’ – ones that even our friends loved for us to bring to their dinner parties. (PS: Dishes like this one are also what helped him shed 40 lbs., and keep it off for over a year now – so it’s a great recipe for LOTS of reasons.).


• 2 bunches of asparagus
• 1 large lemon
• 3-4 tbsp. good Olive oil
• 3 tbsp. butter
• 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
• Salt & Pepper (to taste)




(Preheat the oven to 400F/204C)

Rinse and snap the ends of asparagus, then spread it all out in an ungreased baking dish. (To avoid using the part of the stem that has grown too mature and tough, snap the ends off at their natural breaking point – i.e. hold the asparagus near the base and using your other hand, snap off the part that breaks off naturally.)


Simply Asparagus, a great side dish!

Juice half a lemon, and slice up the other half (as shown below).

 Simply Asparagus, a tasty, easy side dish.

First, drizzle the asparagus with the olive oil, then the lemon juice, then dust with salt and pepper (to taste), and finally, layer the lemon slices and pats of butter on the top, as shown below, then bake for 20-30 minutes (15-25 minutes for thinner asparagus).

 Simple asparagus side dish that taste great and healthy too

Remove the dish from the oven and change the setting to broil. Sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese over the dish and return to the oven just long enough to melt the cheese (Approx. 2 minutes).


Simply Asparagus-Great side dish and healthy too!



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  1. And YUM again!!
    Love this quick, easy, DELICIOUS recipe for making a perfect side dish with the most in season ingedient 🙂
    – thanks for linking uo to #TastyTuesdays 🙂
    …I’ll be tweeting & pinning this one!

  2. I love asparagus and am always looking for new ways of making it tastier so I will be trying this 🙂

  3. I love this recipe! I have never done anything fancy with asparagus. I just steam it which isn’t very exciting. I love that there are simple, healthy ingredients and it’s so easy to assemble. I’m going to try it next time I buy asparagus. Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays xx

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