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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.
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. Fortunately, this 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!
Cheesy Asparagus Recipe – 5 Ingredients (Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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