Simple Roasted Asparagus


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Oven roasting is my favorite way to cook asparagus, it results in slightly crisp and completely tender spears that are neither mushy or soft. I made this asparagus for breakfast this past weekend and served it with some roasted sweet potatoes and fried eggs.

I’d planned to have a few spears left for a pasta later that night, but my husband and I polished off this tray with very little help from the kids. (Silly children, they each ate a spear and called it good. They don’t know what they are missing!)

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I’ve shared a great many recipes professing my love of roasted vegetables. You can roast almost any vegetable you like and the flavors will be enhanced by the time spent in the oven.

Here are a few more of our favorite roasted vegetables, if you are looking for more ideas: 

Garlic and Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

Sriracha Honey Roasted Green Beans

Broiled Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Roasted Romanesco

Sriracha Honey Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli with Pecorino Romano

Buttered Garlic Panko Broccoli

Roasted Bell Peppers

Broccoli and Squash

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Simple Roasted Asparagus

Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb fresh asparagus spears
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet or pan with foil. Trim the ends off the asparagus and place on the foil. Drizzle with oil and rub gently with your hands to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss gently to coat. Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus is still crisp on the outside, but soft when you stab it with a fork. Enjoy!


Thicker asparagus spears work best for oven roasting. save the thinner ones for sautéing and steaming.
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anonymous says

    You can also make them with Parm. cheese. After roasting, remove from oven & sprinkle with cheese, return to oven just long enough to melt cheese.