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Serves : 8

Roasting asparagus is easier than boiling or steaming and also makes the tender, succulent spears more flavorful than the other methods. Here, fragrant, slightly nutty-tasting brown butter lends even more depth of flavor. Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

How to Make It

Step 1    

Heat the oven to 450°. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

Step 2    

Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and discard them. On a large baking sheet, toss the asparagus with the oil, salt and pepper. Spread the asparagus out on the baking sheet and roast until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes for thin spears, 8 to 10 minutes for medium or 10 to 12 for thick spears.

Step 3    

Transfer the asparagus to a platter or individual plates and pour the brown butter over the spears.

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