How To: Roasted Spring Vegetables

A try of perfectly roasted spring vegetables of asparagus, radishes, leeks, carrots, and baby potatoes

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Since a pan of roasted spring vegetables usually yields three easy meals, we should all make a practice of roasting a pan nearly every week. And as the days get longer and warmer, it’s time to shift from winter’s root vegetables and Brussels sprouts to spring’s leeks and baby potatoes, young carrots, radishes, fennel, and asparagus.

In developing the technique for Roasted Spring Vegetables, I’ve discovered just how many spring vegetables can fit on one pan, and it’s a lot! Even accounting for some weight loss when trimming the leeks and snapping the asparagus, you can still roast nearly five pounds—that’s right—five pounds of vegetables on one rimmed baking sheet.  That will carry you a long way towards getting dinner on the table night after night.

How to Roast Spring Vegetables

Roasting Spring veg couldn’t be easier. Just prep everything and throw it all on a baking tray, then give it a sprinkle of oil, salt, and pepper. Gently shake the tray to coat the vegetables and pop them in the oven.

Make it A Double

With five Roasted Spring Vegetable recipes, you may be tempted to roast two pans, so you’re ready to test next week’s recipes.  If so, here’s how to do it: roast one pan on the bottom oven rack and the other on the upper-middle position. Increase the total cooking time to thirty minutes, adding thick asparagus at 20 minutes, medium asparagus at 22 minutes, and thin asparagus at the 25 minutes mark.

We’ve recently moved from Standard to Daylight Savings Time and enjoyed a few 70° afternoons. Spring is decidedly on its way, so it’s time to use up the last of the winter squash and sweet potatoes and start picking up leeks and radishes, asparagus, and fennel. Roast up a pan and see how easy it is to make beautiful spring fare.

A try of perfectly roasted spring vegetables of asparagus, radishes, leeks, carrots, and baby potatoes

How To: Roasted Spring Vegetables

Yield: 6 cups

Recipe Notes

Feel free to substitute a couple of fennel bulbs, stems trimmed, and each bulb cut into 8 wedges.
Add thick asparagus after 15 minutes of roasting, medium asparagus, at 17 minutes, and thin asparagus, at 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • 1 pound radishes, ends trimmed or fennel, trimmed, halved, and each cut into 8 to 12 wedges
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into long, chunky sticks
  • 1 bunch leeks, (about 1 1/2 pounds) cut into 1-inch lengths, thoroughly washed, thick dark greens leaves snipped off and discarded
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 pound bunch asparagus, tough ends snapped off*

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Place vegetables (except asparagus) in a more or less single layer on a large (18- by 12-inch) rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper; shake pan gently rubbing veggies to coat. Set pan in hot oven for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toss asparagus with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Add asparagus at the appropriate time (see note above) and continue to roast until asparagus is tender-crisp, and remaining vegetables are golden brown for a total cooking time of 25 minutes.

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