It’s been a while since I shared a recipe on this blog, so I think it’s about time! Well, I did share the Cheap And Easy Cooking: Rice recipe, but that was JM’s recipe, not my own. :-p
This is one of my favorite vegetable recipes ever! My aunt April sent it to us a while ago and it’s absolutely delicious!
We think her recipe is adapted from one that came from Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef, but I can’t for the life of me find the original recipe anywhere on the internet. If anyone has a link to Jamie’s original recipe please let me know so I can give him credit!
Without further ado, here’s Aunt April’s recipe for roasted asparagus with cherry tomatoes, black olives, and basil!
- 2 lbs asparagus, trim or snap off the ends
- 1 can of pitted small black olives, whole
- 20 or so cherry tomatoes
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 t dried basil
Preheat your oven to 425.
Mix oil, garlic, and basil in a flat baking dish. A 9″ x 13″ dish will work fine, but we’ve made it in a smaller dish too…whatever you have!
Add asparagus and stir a bit to get them covered in oil.
Put the dish in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Then pull the dish out and add the olives and tomatoes.
Put the dish back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes. And that’s it!
Just one quick note: if your asparagus is super thick like the asparagus in my pictures you might want to try 15 minutes and 15 minutes instead of 10 and 10 so it cooks all the way through. Just be careful about cooking it for too long after you add the olives and tomatoes or they will get soggy!
This recipe is awesome because it’s super easy, quick, and delicious! It’s great as the vegetable portion of your meal, or as a whole meal all by itself! I’ll confess, sometimes we just make a giant batch and eat just it for dinner. Yum!
Aunt April tells me you can also cook this on your grill if you have a grill basket, so if you’d rather try it that way I bet it’s fantastic too!
Any other good asparagus recipes out there? Do you ever just make a ton of veggies and eat that as your entire meal? I wasn’t a huge fan of asparagus before my mom started cooking it this way, but now I can’t get enough. 🙂
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