Roasted asparagus with red peppers and lemon

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Total Time
24 min
Prep
6 min
Cook
18 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Not only is roasting one of the easiest ways to prepare a vegetable, but it’s also the best way to bring out its natural sweetness. This simple recipe takes 25 minutes to make and requires just 7 ingredients. Asparagus and red peppers are flavored with a little lemon juice, olive oil, and red pepper flakes for a touch of heat and roasted in the oven until tender. Peak season for asparagus is March through June. Select spears that are fresh and firm with compact tips. They should be straight and round and should snap easily when bent. Contrary to popular belief, spears with larger diameters are just as tender as slender spears.

Ingredients

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), trimmed

sweet red pepper(s)

1 large, seeded and cut into 1⁄2-inch strips

fresh lemon juice

1 Tbsp

olive oil

1 tsp

table salt

½ tsp

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp

lemon zest

1 tsp, grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a nonstick baking sheet with olive oil nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the asparagus and strips of bell pepper in a large bowl; spray with the nonstick spray. Add the lemon juice, oil, salt, and crushed red pepper; toss well to coat.
  3. Arrange the vegetables on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until tender, shaking the pan occasionally, 15–18 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and toss with the lemon zest. Yields (about 3 asparagus spears and 1⁄4 cup bell-pepper strips per serving.

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