Roasting is probably my favorite way to prepare vegetables. With just a handful of ingredients and some time in the oven, a sad, raw veggie becomes the star of my plate. Roasting tomatoes gets them all crinkly and juicy. Green beans develop a sweet charred flavor. Butternut squash softens and melts in your mouth. And asparagus? It becomes crispy yet tender—the perfect weeknight side dish.
Adding garlic to the asparagus takes this dish to true veggie heaven. While garlic is fairly potent raw, it becomes wonderfully tender (but still aromatic and flavorful) when roasted in the oven. This recipe is pretty much the only way I prepare asparagus—and I'm totally okay with that.
Garlic Roasted Asparagus
- 1 lb. asparagus (or 1 large bunch)
- 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove the tough ends of the asparagus.
Place the asparagus and the garlic on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus; toss until well-coated. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake until asparagus is tender and slightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately.