Oven roasted asparagus is a fast and easy side dish to serve up with your family’s dinner!
I hope you’ve had a chance to browse the Build a Frugal Pantry series. For the last two months, we’ve been talking about frugal foods and how to build a tasty pantry. Depending on how you shop, you can fill your pantry with almost everything your heart could desire and still stay under budget. This week we’re talking about veggies.
Veggies are much maligned in US culture. I’m not exactly sure why. But, I know that my own kids balk at many of them. No matter how many Veggie Tales they watch. But I do find that oven roasting my vegetables, like Oven Roasted Tomatoes not only brings out so much flavor but also makes for a winning side dish in this family.
However, that doesn’t stop me from serving them. In fact, despite their protests, asparagus is on the menu a few times each spring when I can buy it for $1 a bundle. This is a super easy way to prepare it. I think it even garnered a few, “It’s not terrible” comments.
How To Make Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus
Making oven roasted asparagus couldn’t be simpler! I always start with washing my asparagus spears and trim them by bending each spear until it snaps.
By bending them it will snap off where the tougher end is which can be tough to eat sometimes. You can also remove the woody, inedible ends with a knife or vegetable peeler. Either way it’s got to go!
Then go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 °. Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. (I think you could use parchment paper as well, though I’ve never tried.) Line up your spears in a single layer. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Close up foil, folding securely.
How long do I cook asparagus for in the oven?
The best part about making asparagus in the oven is that it roasts up quickly. I roast my asparagus for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender. And then serve that side dish with a smile.
How do I store leftover oven roasted asparagus?
That’s assuming you have any! We never do around our house. But if that happens, I simply store mine in an airtight container in the fridge. You can serve it cold, room temperature, or warm it back up in the microwave or on the stovetop in the pan.
What to serve with oven roasted asparagus
It’s also delicious with Baked Salmon in Foil Makes for a Super Easy Dinner!
Oven Roasted Asparagus
- 1 lb asparagus spears washed and trimmed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- black pepper
- 1/2 lemon cut into wedges
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on a rimmed baking sheet. Line up your spears in a single layer. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Close up foil, folding securely.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
- Drizzle with lemon juice and serve.