Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook almost everything. A little olive oil, salt, and pepper, and some high, dry heat in your oven turns this mixture of vegetables into a healthy, delicious side dish. What's even better, if you make more than you'll eat with your meal, you can use the left-overs for a 2-fer. I love my 2-fers! I used the left-overs from this batch to make a Roasted Vegetable Soup and a Roasted Vegetable Frittata.

Notes: I used both whole garlic and pressed garlic. The whole cloves are awesome mashed up and spread on french bread; This recipe makes enough to serve the veggies with your meal, make a pot of soup, and make a frittata. If you want fewer veggies, simply cut the amounts in half.

Roasted Vegetables

2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, and cut in 1/4-inch pieces
2 small yellow squash, halved lengthwise, and cut in 1/4-inch pieces
1 lb small red or yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 3/4 to 1-inch pieces
1 lb crimini mushrooms, rinsed, stems trimmed, and halved (quartered if large)
1 medium red onion, cut in 1-inch pieces
6 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
4 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed or minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 teaspoons kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat your oven to 425 and spray 2 rimmed baking sheets with non-stick spray.

2. In a very large bowl, combine all of the vegetables and the olive oil, and mix well to coat the vegetables evenly with the oil. Add the salt and pepper, and mix well.

3. Divide the vegetables evenly between the prepared baking sheets, and spread them to an even, single layer. You can probably cram them all onto one baking sheet, but then they will steam in the water they release instead of roasting.

4. Roast the vegetables for 50-60 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.

**If you have one oven, adjust your oven racks to the 2nd and 4th position, and rotate the pans every 15 minutes. I have two ovens, but I did it this way to make sure it could be done.


  1. sounds like a great recipe for eating veggies on a cold day!

  2. looks really delish, found your blog through facebook, i actually do a food post once a month on my blog as well, can't wait to look through your posts :)


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