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Asparagus is a tasty, healthful vegetable that can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of the easiest methods is cooking it in the oven. With just a few simple ingredients, you'll have a side dish that is as versatile as it is delicious.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and set aside a baking sheet.

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Prep the asparagus. Remove the rubber band holding the asparagus together and rinse in the sink. Cut about 1 inch off the bottom of each asparagus stalk with a sharp knife and discard.

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Season the asparagus. Put the asparagus in a container or plastic bag and pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss or shake to coat evenly.

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Spread the seasoned asparagus on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Baking time may be slightly longer for larger asparagus stalks.

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Remove from the oven and serve. For best results, top with grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with more lemon juice. Add a fried egg (sunny side up) to make it a hearty, low-carb meal. Enjoy!

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Aaron Wardell

Aaron Wardell is a freelance writer, professional musician, audiophile, cell phone nut and computer geek. He holds a master's degree in vocal music performance from the University of Cincinnati. His true passions include anything related to classical vocal music and it's performance, including opera, oratorio and choral music.