Prime Time Perfect Roasted Asparagus
- 1 large bunch (about 1 pound) Prime Time Asparagus
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional seasoning: zest and juice of 1/2 medium lemon, and lemon wedges from the remaining 1/2 lemon
- Optional seasoning: sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese
- Optional seasoning: small handful of fresh mint or parsley, finely chopped
- Optional seasoning: light sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- Optional addition: pat or two of butter
- Optional addition: light drizzle of balsamic reduction or thick balsamic vinegar
- Optional addition: toasted sliced almonds
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Snap off the woody ends of the Prime Time Asparagus (if you sharply bend the asparagus near the base, it will snap in the right place). Discard the ends.
- Place the Asparagus on the sheet and drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the Asparagus. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the Asparagus, and toss until the spears are lightly coated in oil. Arrange the spears in a single layer on the pan.
- Bake just until the base of the Asparagus is easily pierced through by a fork. Very thin Asparagus will take as little as 9 to 12 minutes, whereas thicker Asparagus will need 15 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer the roasted Asparagus to a serving platter and season however you’d like. You could keep it simple with a squeeze of lemon juice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan, or add a pat of butter or drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
- Roasted Asparagus is best served when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it will keep at room temperature for up to 1 hour or up to 4 days in the refrigerator (gently reheat before serving).
Photo and recipe courtesy of www.cookieandkate.com