Cracked Out Asparagus - easy baked asparagus recipe loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free. Super simple to make with no prep time and ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Asparagus, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and bacon. Serve this easy side dish with your favorite steak for a meal that is better than any restaurant. Add this to your menu ASAP!
Place asparagus in a lightly greased 9x13x2-inch baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and ranch dressing mix. Spread mayonnaise mixture over asparagus.
Sprinkle cheddar cheese and bacon over mayonnaise.
Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes.
Make sure to trim the woody ends of the asparagus spears. The thick bottom part of the spear is white or light purple in color. It is tough and not meant to be eaten. Use a knife to quickly cut the tough ends off before adding the spears to the baking dish.
When possible, choose a bunch of asparagus where the stalks are about the same diameter.
Depending on the size of the asparagus, you will need one or two bundles.
I baked this asparagus in a baking dish, but you can also make it on a rimmed baking sheet.
I prefer to use Duke’s or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
Sprinkle the asparagus with some red pepper flakes for a kick!