Place steamer basket in 1/2 inch water in saucepan or skillet (water should not touch bottom of basket).
Place lower stalk pieces in basket.
Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat.
Steam 4 minutes.
Cover tightly and steam until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes longer.
Toss asparagus with parsley, lemon juice and salt.
Sprinkle with bacon.
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen cut asparagus can be substituted for the fresh asparagus.
Cook as directed on package; drain.
Microwave Directions: Place asparagus, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1 1/2-quart microwavable casserole.
Cover tightly and microwave on high (100%) 3 minutes; stir.
Cover and microwave until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
Let stand 1 minute; drain.
Continue as directed.