Quick & Easy, Perfectly Roasted Spears

Although we’ve officially transitioned into summer, I’m still savoring the spring seasons bounty. The CSA is brimming with rhubarb, asparagus and lettuce, this roasted asparagus alone is worth the drive!
Throughout the winter months I am guilty of occasionally buying those awful microwave pouches of asparagus and brussels sprouts, really there isn’t much resemblance to the real thing but a girl has to make do with whats around!
This beautifully roasted fresh asparagus is buttery, salty and perfectly savory. Drizzle with oil if you prefer but I’m a firm believer that butter does in fact make everything better, including asparagus.

Quick and Easy, Perfectly Roasted Asparagus
1 or 2 bunches, (1 or 2 lbs) fresh asparagus
1-2 tablespoons good quality butter
Sea salt, Pepper
Optional: Parmesan cheese or lemon zest

Preheat Oven to 450 Degrees

Take the rough end of one piece of asparagus and gently bend it until it breaks. Line this piece up with the remaining asparagus and cut off the one or two inches at the bottom of each stalk. (or you can break each spear one by one…. this grasshopper has no patience … I cut it.)
Line the spears up onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dollop pieces of butter on top.  Roast for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is tender to your liking.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese or lemon zest and toss before serving. To crispy up the cheese you can put it on during the last five minutes of cooking.
This can be grilled as well, its really fierce grilled actually but lets face it… 
I burn it. The oven is fool proof. 

Asparagus Officinalis: {A-Spare-a-Giss}

Asparagus is a spring vegetable that is a flowering perennial. I find it “seasonally” in late spring and fall. Found in a variety of colors, the rich green hued spears are the best of the best. Known as a “cleansing and healing” veggie, asparagus is a low calorie way to get potassium, folate and antioxidants. Especially great for preggo’s and children these little spears are also a great source of vitamin C. (vitamin C helps to produce and regulate collagen.) SO maittee’s keep the scurvy at bay and eat yee-self some asparagus! RRRR, … or something like that.