This is an occasion where simpler is better. The sweet flavor of asparagus is heightened when it is roasted quickly and showered with Parmesan cheese.
Preheat oven to 450F. Place asparagus in a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss lightly to coat. Roast, uncovered, in the preheated oven about 15 minutes or until crisp-tender, lightly tossing twice during roasting. Transfer asparagus to a warm serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 servings.