Italian Recipe for Cooking Asparagus with Southern Balsamic

Italian Recipe for Cooking Asparagus with Southern Balsamic

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 sprinkling of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese at the end puts it over the top!

 Course Side Dish
 Cuisine Italian
 Keyword Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar
 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Cook Time 20 minutes
 Total Time 25 minutes
 Servings 4 people


  • asparagus stalks cleaned
  • olive oil
  • balsamic 
  • grated Italian Parmesan or Romano cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F

  2. Clean the asparagus and snap off the hard ends

  3. Add to a frying pan and pour in enough water to cover them just under halfway up.  

  4. 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.

  5. If water is not evaporated, pour most of it out and drizzle the olive oil to coat and cook about a minute longer.

  6. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle on the cheese and let cook about a minute.

  7. 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

  8. Remove from oven and enjoy!  They should be slightly firm, but not crunchy