Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

 Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus was a recipe that was requested by so many of you that I had to make a special trip out to one of my best-loved restaurants, the Olive Garden. They have a new menu item as part of their lighter fare, and let me tell you; it is delicious.

Homemade Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus with balsamic drizzle and cheese sauce on a platter


You may wonder how to cook asparagus. You can prepare asparagus in many different ways. You can enjoy asparagus raw, sauteed, roasted in the oven, or grilled.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for the sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • 1 lemon optional
  • 2 teaspoons chopped tomatoes

Instructions

  • Prepare balsamic vinegar reduction by adding 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a small pot. Heat on high until the mixture boils, then turn down to simmer for 20 minutes. The reduction should yield 1/2 cup of vinegar. Store in an airtight container. 
  • Prepare asparagus by cutting off about 1 inch of the bottom end of the asparagus, lay asparagus on a sheet pan drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast on medium heat on a grill for about 10 minutes turning the asparagus over.
  •  Cooking time with vary with the thickness of the asparagus. Remove asparagus from grill when done. If desired squeeze 1/2 of a lemon over the asparagus. I do not think the Olive Garden does this, but I think it really helps to bring out the flavor of the asparagus. Prepare Parmesan sauce by adding heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese in a small pot or skillet. 
  • Simmer on low for about 10 - 12 minutes. The cream should reduce by 20% in volume. To prepare plate some of the cooked asparaguses on a plate, drizzle balsamic vinegar on top. Garnish with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, and then serve with the sauce. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes if desired.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • If you can only find large asparagus, you can peel the stalk with a vegetable peeler, this will peel away the tough part of the asparagus!

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1315IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2.9mg



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