Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

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Roasted Asparagus is a quick and easy side dish, perfect for any lunch or dinner.

Asparagus is not my favorite vegetable (that would be either broccoli or zucchini), but I love grilled asparagus.

I bought two bunches of asparagus when shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. I thought about using a grill pan to cook them, but grilling indoors can get a bit smokey.

So I planned to steam them, my usual method for indoor cooking of asparagus, until I decided at the last moment to check Google for alternative cooking ideas. That’s where I discovered Ina Garten’s super simple recipe for Roasted Asparagus.

Step One:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Trim tough ends off the asparagus spears. I like to use my KitchenAid Shears for this.

Place asparagus on a plate and drizzle with a little bit of oil. Toss with your fingers or with tongs if you prefer clean hands.

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Step Two:

Place oiled asparagus onto a baking sheet.

I saw Ina’s recipe had a picture of the asparagus on a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet, so I emulated her.

Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

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Step Three:

Roast the asparagus for 15-20 minutes for thin asparagus (20-25 for plump asparagus).

Taste to make sure your seasoning is on par.

Serve warm.

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My cooling rack only has bars running one direction so the asparagus poked through the rack.

How do you like your asparagus?

Roasted, grilled, or steamed? Or perhaps in a frittata? Yum!

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