Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Cream Sauce


This easy side dish has loads of Parmesan flavor, yet it tastes light enough to not overpower the asparagus. The sauce comes together in minutes while the asparagus roasts in the oven. Quick enough for a busy weeknight meal. Use freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, as the bagged variety doesn't melt well.

close up view of Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Cream Sauce served with a lemon wedge on a black platter
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup low-fat milk

  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place asparagus on the baking sheet and season with salt and black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss to coat evenly.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until asparagus is tender-crisp, about 10 minutes for thin asparagus, or 14 minutes for large asparagus.

  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until softened, taking care not to burn garlic. Sprinkle flour onto butter and cook, whisking constantly until mixture is golden and thick, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk and bring to a light boil until sauce starts to thicken, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle in Parmesan cheese and continue whisking until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat - sauce will further thicken.

  6. Place asparagus on a serving platter and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with lemon zest and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
10g Fat
8g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 238mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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