Number one on the list of the simplest things you can make in your kitchen is boiled water. Tap, pot, heat, done. Number two has got to be this dish. But roasted asparagus has boiled water beat, hands-down, when it comes to delicious things to eat. Frankly, asparagus prepared and served in any way is pretty okay in my book.
Next time you’re tempted to steam up a batch of asparagus, remember this recipe. You won’t need to look it up, it’s that simple.
Simply Roasted Asparagus
Yield: 2 Servings Preparation Time: 5 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
• 1 Pound Asparagus
• 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
• 1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Step 2. Wash and trim asparagus.
Step 3. Lay asparagus spears on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to massage the oil all over the asparagus and then arrange the spears in a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step 4. Roast for 15 minutes.
Serve, eat. Simple.
Tips and Trending
~ When you are preparing asparagus and the length of the individual spears is not an issue (uniformity, fitting into a cooking vessel, etc.), break, don’t cut the woody ends of the spears. The asparagus spear will know exactly where to break if you firmly grasp the majority of the spear in one hand and just the farm cut end between the fingers of your other hand. Bend the spear and it will break, naturally, where the tender meets the tough.
~ Make this dish on the grill without the baking sheet. Just place the vegetables over indirect heat. I like to use very thick purple asparagus on the grill.
~ You can dress this up by sprinkling ¼ cup of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or another hard cheese over the asparagus once you’ve moved it to your serving dish.