The Simple Things: Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Sometimes it’s the simple things that matter. I’m at a point in my life (i.e. one year until I graduate from college) where suddenly it seems like the “big things” take precedence. And then I take a step back and I see this:

…a still pond on a perfect summer’s day…

…a surprise thunderstorm…

…Robin’s egg blue nail polish…

…and a fabulous, fresh, seasonal, and simple dinner.

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus is a new favorite of mine, despite the fact that my pee smells after eating asparagus. Nonetheless, roasting fresh asparagus with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and a spritz of balsamic vinegar is a way to showcase this vegetable.

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus, cleaned and trimmed

1/4 cup olive oil

Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup  balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place asparagus in a Ziploc bag and pour olive oil into bag. Shake until the asparagus is coated. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle the cheese on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for minutes 12-15 minutes until asparagus is tender but crisp. Remove from oven and drizzle vinegar before serving.

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