Recipe Review

I Tried Asparagus Parm and I’m Never Going Back

updated Jul 14, 2022
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Italian American classics are pure comfort food. It makes no difference if I am served chicken or eggplant Parmesan — as long as the dish has crispy breadcrumbs, gooey cheese, and tangy marinara sauce, I am happy. Here at Kitchn we’ve reimagined the dish in countless ways — air-fried, stacked, and even stuffed. I thought I’d seen every possible variation on this dish, but content creators on Instagram never cease to surprise me. Enter: Diane Morrisey and her sheet pan asparagus Parm. With a gap in my meal plan, I took Morrisey’s post as a sign to try it for myself.

How to Make Diane Morrisey’s Asparagus Parmigiana

While this method was inspired by fellow culinary creator @shewillevolve, Morrisey’s version looked closest to the classic. Prep by trimming the tough bottoms from the stalk and toss with olive oil. Arrange the asparagus in an even layer in the center of a rimmed baking sheet, making sure that the asparagus pieces are touching. Spoon a generous portion of marinara across the center of the asparagus, then top with three folded slices of provolone cheese. Scatter shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan over the top. Finish with breadcrumbs (either store-bought or homemade). Bake at 400°F until the cheese melts, then broil until browned.

Credit: Patty Catalano

My Honest Review of Diane Morrisey’s Asparagus Parmigiana

I’ve experienced both hits and misses from recipes I’ve been inspired to try from social media. Morrisey’s asparagus Parmigiana recipe lands firmly in the former camp. Whether you’re searching for a new way to prep a pound of asparagus or want a vegetarian Parm that doesn’t involve eggplant, this is it.

Traditional Parmigiana preparation can require a significant time commitment and a sink full of dishes, but this veggie version was in the oven in less than five minutes and on my plate in 15 (thanks in part to my favorite store-bought marinara sauce). Plus, I assembled the entire meal directly on the baking sheet, so there was just a single dish to wash.

This recipe is as versatile as it is easy to make. Serve it as a side or main dish for dinner; scale it down to serve one or up to serve an entire extended family. It’s even simple and quick enough to toss together for a work-at-home lunch.

Have you tried this veggie take on this Italian classic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.