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Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus

on May 25, 2022
last updated June 11, 2024
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This Caprese Asparagus is a top ten Marley's Menu recipe of all time! Think asparagus roasted to perfection and topped with melted cheese, bursting cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
Easy Cheesy Caprese Asparagus close up on a plate

Need a tasty app or side dish that’s easy to whip up but still has tons of flavor? This Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus is packed with flavor and freshness, yet only requires 6 ingredients (plus salt, pepper, and oil) and just one sheet pan!

The fresh asparagus is roasted to bring out its natural earthy flavors, then topped with melty mozzarella and salty parmesan, bursting cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil, all rounded out by the sweet balsamic vinaigrette for a fresh take on Caprese.

Caprese Asparagus with Cheese Pull

Inspired by my education in environmental science, I am always trying to highlight sustainable ingredients like asparagus. When sourced locally and in season, asparagus is considered a sustainable crop because relative to most other vegetables, it has a lower water footprint.

Asparagus also has little to no pesticide residue. Plus, it’s a resilient crop, making its energy requirements low.

Check when asparagus is in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Green tip: Organic farms rely on biodiversity to generate rich soil, avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers, which means no toxic runoff. Consider organic asparagus for this recipe.

Caprese Roasted Asparagus Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Asparagus. This recipe was created with green asparagus in mind, but you can also use white asparagus or purple asparagus. Just keep in mind the cooking time may vary if you’re not using green.
  • Grape tomatoes. Or cherry. Of any color.
  • Olive Oil.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Mozzarella. Fresh is preferred, but you can also use shredded.
  • Parmesan cheese.
  • Balsamic Glaze. Make sure you are using balsamic glaze, not balsamic vinegar or vinaigrette. You can easily make your own balsamic glaze out of balsamic vinegar—more details on that below.
  • Fresh basil.
asparagus, parmesan, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt, pepper, mozzarella, cherry tomato, basil

Caprese Asparagus Tips and Tricks

How to Store Fresh Asparagus

Once you find your beautiful asparagus and take it home, it will stay fresh for about a week if you store it properly!

Place the asparagus in a jar, tips up, and fill it with about 2 inches of water, so that the ends are submerged.

You can then place a bag on top and store the whole jar in your refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Green tip: Reduce your plastic waste by using these Reusable Storage Bags!

How to Prep Asparagus for Roasting

Asparagus notoriously have rough or “woody” ends. It’s best to take the ends off before roasting.

The easiest way to remove your woody ends is to hold the asparagus in two hands and snap it. This way, it will naturally break where the ends start to get tough. I use this same technique in this cast iron asparagus recipe!

You’ll also want to rinse and slice your grape tomatoes in half at this point. I like to chop my basil while I have my cutting board and knife out, too, so it’s prepped for later.

prepping grape tomatoes, asparagus, and basil for caprese asparagus

Assemble Your Baking Sheet

I love that this dish only requires one sheet pan! Use a large, 26 x 18-inch sheet pan for this roasted caprese asparagus.

Line your asparagus up on one side, avoiding any stalks overlapping. On the other side of the pan, place your sliced tomatoes, as pictured below.

asparagus and grape tomatoes on a sheet pan

Season the Grape Tomatoes and Asparagus

At this point you can add salt and pepper to your asparagus and tomato, just to amp up their natural flavors and give them a little oomph.

Just 1/4 teaspoon of each should do, especially as we will be adding more salinity and flavor with the cheese, fresh herbs, and balsamic glaze later on.

adding salt to grape tomatoes and asparagus on a sheet pan

How to Get an Even Roast on Your Vegetables

Don’t be scared to get your hands in there!

In order to perfectly roast your asparagus and tomatoes, it’s important to make sure each piece has an even coat of olive oil. Once you’ve spread your veg on a baking sheet and seasoned it, add olive oil on top.

Then, use clean hands to toss the asparagus, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and olive oil, making sure each piece of asparagus and sliced tomato is completely coated.

adding olive oil to roast tomatoes and asparagus

Roast Your Asparagus and Tomatoes

Before adding our cheese, we want to jumpstart roasting our asparagus and tomatoes. This step is important.

I tested this recipe without this step, and the asparagus was a little bit soggy from all the moisture in the mozzarella. Roasting the asparagus and tomatoes first before adding the cheese is the only way to get a really great texture on the vegetables.

At 425°F, you should be able to kickstart your veggies with just 15 minutes of pre-roasting time.

Green tip: Don’t waste those asparagus ends! Save them in an airtight container in the freezer with other veggie scraps to make your own vegetable broth.

Make it Caprese with Mozzarella

After 15 minutes in the oven, remove your sheet pan and add mozzarella and Parmesan.

You can use either fresh or shredded mozzarella with delicious results, but my favorite is fresh high-moisture mozzarella. Just crumble it in your hands and coat the asparagus with it as evenly as possible.

Then, sprinkle 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan on top.

sprinkling parmesan cheese on top of roasted asparagus

Roast Until the Cheese is Melted

Now that you’ve added your cheese, roast your asparagus and tomatoes for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese just starts to bubble and brown.

If after 15 minutes the cheese is not browning, turn your oven up to broil (500°F), and watch it closely. Remove it from the oven as soon as you see it browning.

roasted asparagus and grape tomatoes with melted and browned cheese on top of the asparagus

How to Assemble Your Asparagus Caprese

Serve your cheesy asparagus with the roasted tomatoes on top. Add the fresh basil and finish with the balsamic glaze.

plate of asparagus with melted cheese, roasted tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze

Balsamic Vinegar vs Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar that is reduced down, minimizing the water content until it’s nice and thick.

You can easily make your own balsamic glaze by reducing your balsamic vinaigrette on the stove. Just bring about 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to a gentle boil in a pot over medium heat, and allow it to reduce, occasionally stirring until it thickens (about 15-20 minutes).

I highly recommend using glaze in this recipe rather than balsamic vinegar. It’s worth taking the extra step to reduce it if you don’t have any.

Green tip: Making your own sauces and syrups is a great way to avoid extra plastic packaging that eventually ends up in landfills or makes its way into the environment and becomes microplastics.

How to Properly Store and Reheat Leftover Roasted Caprese Asparagus

This asparagus can be enjoyed up to 3-5 days after prep if sealed in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.

To reheat, put it back on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400°F for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the asparagus and tomatoes are heated through.

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Why You Will Love this Caprese Roasted Asparagus

  • It’s quick. This fresh side dish comes together in just 30 minutes.
  • It’s easy. All you need is one sheet pan! Easy to make, easy to clean.
  • It’s cheesy! Need I say more?

If you’re loving this Caprese Asparagus and want more fresh and fun side dishes, check out these Sweet and Salty Brussels Sprouts and this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Old Bay Seasoning.

Easy Cheesy Caprese Asparagus close up on a plate

Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus

5 from 8 votes
Marley Goldin
This Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus brings roasted asparagus to the next level by topping it with melted cheese, bursting cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh or shredded mozzarella (4 oz usually = 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ cup balsamic glaze


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Rinse your asparagus and cherry tomatoes. Use two hands to snap the asparagus, so the rough ends break off (you can use these for homemade vegetable broth!), slice your tomatoes in half, and chop the basil.
  • On one side of a large 26 x 18 inch baking sheet, spread the asparagus out in a single layer, avoiding any stalks overlapping one another. On the other side of the baking sheet, place the tomatoes, sliced side up, again in a single layer.
  • Add salt, pepper, and olive oil to your asparagus and tomatoes, then use clean hands to toss, ensuring they are evenly coated with oil and seasoning.
  • Roast your asparagus and tomatoes on the top rack for 15 minutes.
  • Remove your baking sheet from the oven and add the mozzarella cheese in an even layer on top of the asparagus only (leave the tomatoes as they are). Then, add a layer of Parmesan cheese on top of the mozzarella.
  • Place your baking sheet back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes, until the cheese starts to bubble and brown.*
  • Assemble your Caprese Asprasgus on a serving plate with cheesy asparagus on the bottom, and roasted tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze on top. Enjoy hot or at room temperature.

Pro Tips

  • *If after 10-15 minutes the cheese isn’t browning, turn your oven up to broil (or 500°F) and watch closely. It should only take about 1 more minute for your cheese to brown. Remove immediately when you notice the color change.
  • Asparagus tips can be composted or used to make your own vegetable broth. 
  • If you want more healthy veggie side dishes, check out this list of Best Roasted Vegetables.
  • For more delicious asparagus recipes, check out this list of Best Asparagus Recipes.
Course Appetizers, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine Italian
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Asparagus, Caprese, Easy, Sheet Pan
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2 thoughts on “Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious. I used a pomegranate infused balsamic glaze that was wonderful. My only advice would be to roast the tomatoes and asparagus on separate sheets and combine just before serving. The tomatoes I used released a lot of liquid, and it made the final dish a little soggier than I would have liked. Looks beautiful on the plate.

    1. Hi Carol! So glad you enjoyed! That’s such great advice about using two separate baking sheets. Just as a note to others trying this recipe, if you do use two pans, try to fit them both on the top rack of the oven if you can! Thank you, Carol, for taking the time to leave your feedback. Have a great evening!

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