Roasted Asparagus with Pepper Sauce

1
Total Time
25 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Roasting asparagus brings out their natural sweetness. The easy, pepper-based sauce makes a tasty and beautiful presentation.

Ingredients

uncooked asparagus

2 pound(s), medium thickness, tough stems snapped off

olive oil

1 tsp

table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

roasted red peppers (packed in water)

7½ oz

reduced calorie mayonnaise

¼ cup(s)

garlic clove(s)

1 small clove(s)

paprika

½ tsp, smoked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Put asparagus on a nonstick baking sheet; drizzle with oil and toss. Spread into a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast, shaking pan once or twice during cooking, until asparagus is fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes (varies greatly depending on thickness of spears).
  3. Meanwhile, drain peppers and pat dry with paper towels. Place peppers, mayonnaise, garlic and paprika in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and set aside.
  4. Arrange asparagus on a serving plate; drizzle with pepper mixture (or pour into a small bowl and serve as a dipping sauce).
  5. Serving size: 1/6 of asparagus plus 2 Tbsp sauce

Notes

The roasted pepper sauce also makes a great vegetable dip or a topping for grilled chicken or fish.

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