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This low carb cheesy asparagus recipe came about as a totally last minute idea. I’ve been in love with all the spring produce popping up as the weather warms up, so I picked up a bag of asparagus spears even before I knew what I’d do with it. (And hey, I figured I could always make my favorite bacon wrapped asparagus if something else didn’t come to mind.) Nothing too out of the ordinary about that. The crazy part is when I first made this dish.
It was a little over two weeks ago, on a random Thursday. Except for me it wasn’t so random, because it was when I went into labor with my little girl. At this point, most people would be driving to the hospital, or at least getting ready to do so.
What did this girl decide to do? Make a nice dinner of salmon teriyaki and cheesy asparagus for my husband and I. Hey, I knew I’d be too busy to cook much more than freezer meals for a while after the baby came, so I wanted to make something fresh while I could. I knew it would be a while before anything was happening, anyway. No point sitting around waiting at the hospital.
Since I didn’t have a particular recipe in mind for the asparagus, I had to make do with whatever ingredients I had on hand. All I knew for sure was that I wanted something comforting. Preferably with lots of cheese. Can’t go wrong when it comes to lots of cheese…
And so, this easy, cheesy asparagus was born. With only five ingredients, it’s probably the simplest asparagus recipe you’ve ever seen, at least beyond plain roasting.
These cheesy asparagus spears are extremely easy to customize. You can use whatever cheeses and spices you have on hand. I opted for mozzarella, parmesan, and Italian seasoning for mine. These would be the perfect side for chicken parmesan!
I hope you’ll try my combination of cheeses and seasoning, but if you change it up, I’m also curious to know what else you tried. Gruyere comes to mind right away as a great pairing with asparagus. As for spices, anything goes – rosemary, thyme, sage, maybe even some cayenne pepper to add a kick? I might add some minced garlic next time, too.
Needless to say, this cheesy baked asparagus just screams spring! And while summer is just around the corner, we still have through the end of June before asparagus season is over. I’m taking full advantage of that.
And if you need more ideas for what to do with asparagus, try topping it with some Greek yogurt Hollandaise sauce. So yum!
Fortunately, this cheesy asparagus recipe is quick and easy enough that I’ve actually had time to make it again this past week, even with the new baby here. Five ingredients, five minutes of prep… just about anyone has time for that!
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Cheesy Asparagus - 5 Ingredients (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil (greased) or parchment paper.
- Toss the asparagus with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and half of the Italian seasoning. Arrange in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
Roast in the oven for about 7-9 minutes, until the asparagus is bright green and just starting to soften.
- Mix together the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then sprinkle over the asparagus. Top with remaining Italian seasoning.
Return to the oven for another 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden.
Serving size: 1/4 lb asparagus plus cheese, or 1/4 of entire recipe
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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