It’s asparagus season, so whether you’re growing your own or buying it in the store, spring is the best time to enjoy asparagus. Eating seasonally is an awesome way to not only get the best tasting produce, but also grab the best deal. And let’s face it, produce is expensive. So when you’re feeding a family, shopping seasonally can be a huge money saver. This is a super simple, healthy side dish that requires no prep and goes with just about anything.
Step By Step Instructions:
First, start by washing your asparagus. This step is especially important if you have fresh picked from a patch. Sand and dirt can easily get caught up in the head of the asparagus causing a gritty, crunchy finished product without a quick rinse under the faucet.
Second, trim the woody ends of your asparagus. You can always do the snap test to see where to start cutting. Hold your asparagus at each end, bend lightly, and see where it naturally snaps. This is the spot to trim. If store bought uniform spears, you can use one as your guide for cutting for your whole bunch. However, if your asparagus is anything like my little novice patch, you will have varying sizes with less uniformity, so individual trimming is required. I’ve found that fresh cut asparagus typically need less of a trim than store bought.
Next, throw your asparagus on a sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil (or any of your favorite oils), sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Top with parmesan cheese if you’re so inclined (you can never go wrong with parmesan cheese on roasted veggies! But I often leave off for a little healthier version). Roast at 400 for 15 minutes. Adjust cooking times according to thickness. If you happen to grab a batch of super, skinny asparagus, knock the cooking time down to 375 and cook for 10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
- Olive oil (or any of your favorite oils)
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Rinse and trim asparagus.
- On a sheet pan, drizzle asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and (optional) parmesan cheese.
- Roast for 15 minutes.
- Adjust cooking times for width.
Want to know more about fresh asparagus? Check out this post about growing, foraging, picking, and storing fresh asparagus.
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