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Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

2 bunches asparagus (about 2 pounds), trimmed

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, chopped

2 teaspoons lemon zest

Position racks in center and upper levels of oven; preheat to 425 F.

Toss asparagus, 1 tablespoon oil, the salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the center of the oven until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil with Parmesan, breadcrumbs, hazelnuts and lemon zest. Remove the asparagus from the oven. Turn the broiler to high. Sprinkle the topping on the asparagus. Broil in the upper third of the oven until lightly crisped, 1 to 2 minutes.

EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.

In this fast asparagus side dish recipe, hazelnuts and Parmesan cheese are mixed with breadcrumbs for an impressive-looking topping.

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