Break off touch ends of asparagus as far down as stalks snap easily. Wash asparagus. Arrange in single layer in ungreased 11 x 7-inch dish. Sprinkle with salt. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350° F until tender, about 25 minutes.
Heat butter over low heat until light brown. Drizzle over asparagus; sprinkle with cheese. Place in oven just until cheese softens, 5 to 8 minutes.
*Two (10 oz) packages frozen asparagus spears can be substituted for the fresh asparagus. Rinse asparagus under running cold water to separate; drain. Cover and bake for about 35 minutes.Servings: 4