Caprese Roasted Asparagus

Caprese Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Caprese Roasted Asparagus is a delightful twist on a classic dish, combining tender asparagus spears with melted mozzarella cheese, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is a fantastic way to elevate simple asparagus into a flavorful and impressive side dish. It’s quick and easy to prepare, making it perfect for both weeknight dinners and special occasions.

How to Make Caprese Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh chopped basil, for garnish
  • Bottled balsamic glaze, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This high temperature is ideal for roasting asparagus, allowing it to cook quickly while becoming tender and slightly crispy.
  2. Prepare the Asparagus: Wash the asparagus and trim off the tough ends. Dry the spears thoroughly to ensure they roast rather than steam in the oven. Place the trimmed asparagus on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Arrange the asparagus in a single layer.
  3. Season the Asparagus: Season the asparagus with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to enhance its natural flavors.
  4. Roast the Asparagus: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the asparagus for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. The asparagus should be tender but still have a bit of crunch.
  5. Add the Cheese and Tomatoes: Remove the asparagus from the oven. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the hot asparagus. The heat from the asparagus will help melt the cheese. Evenly distribute the halved cherry tomatoes over the asparagus and cheese.
  6. Return to Oven: Place the baking sheet back in the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.
  7. Garnish and Serve: Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the asparagus, cheese, and tomatoes for a touch of sweetness and acidity. Garnish with freshly chopped basil for a burst of color and flavor.

How to Serve Caprese Roasted Asparagus

Serve immediately while warm, allowing the flavors of the fresh basil and balsamic glaze to complement the roasted asparagus and melted cheese.

How to Store Caprese Roasted Asparagus

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Tips to Make Caprese Roasted Asparagus

  • Choose asparagus spears that are uniform in size for even cooking.
  • Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet to ensure the asparagus roasts evenly.
  • Feel free to add extra toppings such as pine nuts or balsamic reduction for added flavor.

FAQs

1. Can I use other types of cheese? While mozzarella works best for the classic caprese flavor, you can experiment with other cheeses such as parmesan or goat cheese if you prefer.

2. Can I roast the asparagus ahead of time? Yes, you can roast the asparagus ahead of time and add the cheese and tomatoes just before serving.

3. Can I use homemade balsamic glaze instead of bottled? Absolutely! Homemade balsamic glaze can add a rich, intense flavor to the dish. Simply drizzle it over the roasted asparagus before serving.

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