7slicesbaconregular thin bacon, NOT thick cut, works best
fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup, and fit baking sheet with a rack.
Snap off woody ends of asparagus. Toss asparagus with olive oil, season it lightly with salt and pepper.
Group together asparagus in bunches of 3-5 spears. Wrap the bunches in a piece of bacon, starting at near the bottom of where the asparagus crown ends. Wrap the bacon around the bundle of asparagus, working toward the end of the spears. Leave the very ends of the spears sticking out.
Arrange asparagus bundles on the rack, top with fresh cracked black pepper if desired.
Place baking sheet on the upper rack in the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and asparagus is tender.
This recipe will make 6-8 bunches depending on exactly how many asparagus spears you have and how many you put in each bunch.