How to Roast Asparagus


How to Roast Asparagus

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There are two sides to asparagus if you ask me.  When boiled or overcooked, you end up with a flaccid, bitter, dull green vegetable on your plate.  Or, you can roast asparagus to perfection and enjoy a crisp, bright, tender stalk in all it’s glory.  I don’t know about you, but the latter is how I prefer mine.  No flaccid vegetables on my plate please!

With the plenteous bounty of asparagus this time of year, I thought it only appropriate to share our family’s favorite and simple way to enjoy “tall trees,” as my kids call them.  One thing that I think really enhances the outcome of roasted asparagus is using a stoneware pan.  Here’s one I love and use all the time as I explain here.  Totally worth the investment, I think. Here’s how to roast asparagus.

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How to Roast Asparagus


Description

A delicious, basic recipe for how to roast asparagus.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (garnish)
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (as garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Wash and snap off tough bottom ends of asparagus.
  3. Place asparagus in a single layer on rimmed baking sheet and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bake for about 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Shake the pan once or twice during cooking time for even cooking.
  5. To check for doneness, prick with a fork. Asparagus should be crisp tender. It will continue cooking even when removed from the oven, so don’t overcook it.
  6. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top and sprinkle on some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: Serves: 4

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