The intense dry heat of the oven concentrates and deepens flavor.
- 1 1/2 pounds medium-thick asparagus
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Prepare asparagus (see Rinse and Snap). On a rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus with olive oil; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.
Roast until lightly browned and tender, 8 to 10 minutes (depending on thickness).