If you're looking for a delicious and easy way to enjoy asparagus, look no further than this pesto roasted asparagus recipe. Fragrant basil pesto and tangy Parmesan cheese combine with fresh lemon juice to make a mouthwatering topping for this tender and flavorful roasted asparagus. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as a side dish for a special occasion, this recipe is sure to become a new favorite in your kitchen.


  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil until evenly coated.
  3. Spread the asparagus out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice.
  6. Drizzle the pesto mixture over the roasted asparagus.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve immediately, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and lemon wedges if desired.


  • Be sure to trim the tough ends off the asparagus before roasting for the best texture.
  • If you don't have prepared basil pesto, you can easily make your own by blending together fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.
  • This recipe also works well with other types of vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans.


Enjoy the flavors of spring with this simple yet delicious pesto roasted asparagus recipe. The fragrant basil pesto, tangy Parmesan cheese, and zesty lemon juice all come together to create a delicious and nutritious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. Give it a try and see for yourself how easy it is to elevate your asparagus game!

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