Oven-Roasted Asparagus

oven-roasted asparagus
Photo: Julia Hartbeck

A favorite spring vegetable, asparagus is often boiled or steamed but roasting asparagus is easy, as this three-ingredient recipe shows. All you need is olive oil, salt and pepper, and a preheated oven. And the asparagus becomes meltingly soft.


  • 2 pounds asparagus, as fat as possible

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with a baking sheet inside. Trim and peel asparagus to the point on the stem where it is most tender. Wash well. While asparagus is still moist and wet, drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place on the preheated baking sheet, and roast until tender to the point of a knife, 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the asparagus.

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