Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

by Matt on January 25, 2011

To be honest, I cannot recall a day within the last month that I did not have some form of roasted vegetables. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, brocolli, ASPARAGUS…

I eat them all. And I eat them often ;)

Normally, I roast my vegetables the simplest way possible: salt, pepper, and olive oil. The process of roasting them brings out so much flavor that they do not need anything else to taste delicious. It also heats up the apartment on those cold winter nights…

However, while cleaning out my pantry the other day, I discovered a bottle of balsamic vinegar that I did not know even existed within the depths of my expired food. Once I found it (and it was not expired), I knew that I somehow wanted to incorporate it into dinner.

Remember how one of my goals for 2011 is to incorporate new ingredients?

I am sticking to it!

By adding just a few extra ingredients, the flavor is brought to a whole new level.

Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1  pound  asparagus, ends snapped
  • 1  TBS  olive oil
  • 1  TBS  balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Place the asparagus on a greased roasting pan.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar.
  4. Sprinkle with salt,  pepper, and garlic.
  5. Toss to coat evenly.
  6. Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes minutes, turning once half way through.

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January 25, 2011 at 8:04 AM

That looks yummy. I’m like you and I love roasted veggies. A lot of times I do oil, salt and fresh rosemary. I’ve got a huge leftover of asparagus from fondue night this weekend, so I’m trying this recipe tonight. Thanks!
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January 25, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Yum, I love asparagus! The simplest ingredients are the best :-)
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January 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Roasted asparagus is so delicious – I love when it gets crispy! I like to roast a bunch of veggies at once and use them as a side, on salads, or mixed into stir fries later in the week.
Finding things you didn’t know you had in your pantry is fun! It’s like finding money in your jeans pockets :)

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January 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

I seriously love balsamic roasted cauliflower – it’s one of my favorite ways to eat it!
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January 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Warm asparagus salad is one of my fave dishes!

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January 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I’ve never tried Asparagus before — I really need to though! These look beautiful! :)
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January 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Roasted veggies are my FAVORITE!! I need to try these. Awesome recipe as always! Have a great day Matt!

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January 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

love, love love this recipe! I have one that is very similar and I could eat them everyday! And what a fabulous goal for 2011! So foodie of you! You think it’s too late to add that to my list? haha
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January 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I bet those were delicious! Roasted veggies are the best!
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January 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Asparagus is one veggie I actually love. I’ve made it with balsamic before too. It’s such a good combo!
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January 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

My favorite way to eat veggies is roasted. Grilled veggies are close second. The balsamic sounds like a great, flavorful addition!
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January 25, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I’ve never tried asparagus, but I’d be willing to give those a shot. They look great.
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January 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Balsamic roasted potatoes are great to if you ever decide to make those!

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