Easy Italian recipe for cooking asparagus over the stove and finishing it off in the oven. The balsamic vinegar cooks into the asparagus and with the sprinking of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese at the end puts it over the top!
Preheat the oven to 400F
Clean the asparagus and snap off the hard ends
Add to a frying pan and pour in enough water to cover them just under halfway up.
Cook the asparagus over medium heat until they are bright green and can be pierced with a fork with a little bit of pressure (you don't want them over cooked). This will take about 5-10 minutes.
If water is not evaporated, pour most of it out and drizzle the olive oil to coat and cook about a minute longer.
Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle on the cheese and let cook about a minute.
Move to the oven in an oven safe dish (or use the frying pan if it is oven safe) and cook for about 2 minutes
Remove from oven and enjoy! They should be slightly firm, but not crunchy.
The trick here is to not overcook the asparagus. Once the asparagus is bright green you can start testing it's firmness with a fork. Keep moving them around so they get cooked on all sides (like a hot dog on a grill), and when the fork can pierce it with a mild push you know it's time to move to the next step!
Romano cheese is the best choice, but parmesan will be fine if that's what you have.
Super easy, super simple and out of this world delicious! Enjoy!