Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • 2 pounds plump fresh asparagus , tough ends snapped off
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and coarsely cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 1 large lemon
  • Directions
    Position a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Lightly oil a large, rimmed baking sheet.

    Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with the oil and roll the asparagus on the baking sheet to coat. Season with salt and cracked pepper.

    Bake until the asparagus spears are lightly browned and barely tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and grate the lemon zest over the asparagus. Squeeze the lemon juice into a wire sieve over a small bowl to strain out the seeds. Drizzle the lemon juice over the asparagus. Serve hot.