Roasted asparagus and mushrooms is a simple but delicious veggie side dish with just 4 ingredients. Plus, it’s ready in just 15 minutes!
So, it snowed here in N.C. on Tuesday. 😳 In April. It was the only snow we've gotten all year!
It lasted for less than a half-hour, nothing stuck, but it was still pretty fun!
And today it's going to be back up in the 70s, so springtime is back on I guess! And I'm happy for the sunshine. ☀️💛
So you guys know I go on overload with asparagus when springtime hits, right?
Today’s recipe is inspired by an appetizer I had with my mom at a local Spanish tapas restaurant.
The roasted asparagus and the wild mushrooms were served over a small pool of romesco sauce, which we enjoyed but decided wasn’t really necessary.
So today’s recipe is a little bit simpler but every bit as flavorful! You’ve got the bright, fresh flavors from the asparagus and the earthy notes from the mushrooms.
It’s topped with a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese for a nuttiness that just finishes everything off!
(The Parmesan is optional, but highly recommended to take these over the top! If you want a different topping, this warm bacon vinaigrette pairs amazing with asparagus!)
Plus, it’s just 4 ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes! 🙌
Now, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to share on making these roasted veggies. Just trying to be helpful.
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Notes on roasted asparagus and mushrooms:
- The roasting time here really depends on the thickness of your asparagus. Thin ones will cook more quickly but larger, thicker stalks can take a few minutes longer.
- If you like very tender asparagus, or want more browning on the veggies, roast them for up to 15-20 minutes.
- Wild mushrooms have a great earthy flavor, but if you can’t find any, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms or baby portobello mushrooms work great here, too.
And because I get questions about this a lot in the springtime, here's...
Tips on how to choose asparagus:
- First, pay attention to the recipe. Some recipes require the very thin stalks of asparagus. Others may want a heartier, thicker bunch of asparagus.
- Either way, be sure to choose a bunch of asparagus that's plump and firm (not limp). The tips of the asparagus spears should be closed.
- The asparagus should be brightly colored, not faded.
Once you've purchased them and brought them home, asparagus should be stored in the refrigerator.
To help them last, you can either place the bunch standing upright in a small dish or glass of water. Or you can wrap the stems in some damp paper towels. 👍
Oh, and another tip…
I like to roast the mushrooms whole with the stem side up. That way, the moisture that they give off collects in the cups and you can dump it afterwards. Otherwise, the extra water that's released from the mushrooms gets all over the baking pan and makes the veggies a little soggy, I think.
You could also halve the mushrooms or thickly slice them before roasting if you’d like.
As for serving...
These veggies are a great side with steak or pork, like my herb roasted pork tenderloin and potatoes. They’d also be delicious as a side dish for a whole roasted chicken or my honey butter chicken or mozzarella baked chicken.
(Or have them with your Easter ham. It's definitely a springtime appropriate side!)
I hope you give this easy roasted asparagus side dish a try.
- 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
- 16 oz. mixed wild mushrooms, stems trimmed (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Optional, for serving:
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Combine asparagus and mushrooms on a large sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, if using. Toss to get the vegetables well coated.
- Arrange in an even layer and bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes, until the asparagus are just tender. (I check them with a fork.)
- Serve hot, with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Wild mushrooms have a great earthy flavor, but if you can’t find any, cremini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms or baby portobello mushrooms work great here, too.
The roasting time here really depends on the thickness of your asparagus. Thin ones will cook more quickly but larger, thicker stalks can take a few minutes longer.
If you like very tender asparagus, or want more browning on the veggies, roast them for up to 15-20 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g