Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

$6.45 recipe / $1.61 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.60 from 5 votes
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One of the most frequent questions I get is, “what should I serve on the side?” To be honest, I don’t give a lot of thought to my side dishes. I keep them as simple as possible to let the main dish shine and to just keep life simple. So I wanted to post some of my go-to no-brainer side dishes that go with just about anything, like this Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes, so you can have a bank of simple, versatile options to choose from!

Close up of Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes on a dinner plate.

Pictured with Garlic Butter Baked Cod.

Tips for Roasting Anything

Roasting Time Will Vary. Roasting time varies with the size and shape of your vegetables, your oven settings (they’re all a little different), and your cookware. When roasting anything make sure to keep an eye on it. I usually let it do its thing for the first 20 minutes, then check every 5-10 minutes after that until it reaches the level of doneness I like.

Don’t Skimp on Oil. The oil helps the vegetables caramelize without drying out. Too little oil and your vegetables will turn out more like dehydrated vegetables than roasted vegetables (leathery and not very browned). 

Don’t Overcrowd The Pan. If you’re trying to roast a LOT of vegetables, go ahead and split it up between two pans. Too many vegetables in one place will trap the steam and cause your vegetables to stew in their own juices instead of caramelize.

How To Season Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

I like to keep the seasoning on my roasted vegetable side dishes as simple as possible. Like salt and pepper simple. This allows me to taste the nuances of the vegetables themselves, and keeps them from competing with the main dish. Occasionally I’ll add some garlic, like I did for the tomatoes here, or if I’m doing something more simple for the main, I might add my favorite spice blend to the vegetables. Just don’t overthink it! Keep it simple.

What to Serve with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

This simple side dish goes great with a variety of meat and seafood. It’s shown in the photos below with my Garlic Butter Baked Cod, but it would also go well with Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms, Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken, or Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Rice.

Overhead view of the plate full of tomatoes, asparagus, and Garlic Butter Baked Cod.

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Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

4.60 from 5 votes
Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes is an easy, all-purpose side dish that pairs great with many main dishes, like meat, fish, pasta, and more.
Asparagus and Tomatoes on the baking sheet
Servings 4
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes ($2.29)
  • 1 lb. asparagus ($2.99)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • salt and pepper to taste ($0.05)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Slice off any dry or woody ends from the asparagus spears (usually about the bottom inch or so).
  • Spread the asparagus spears out over half of a large baking sheet. Add the grape tomatoes to the other half. Drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil over each side. Toss the vegetables to coat in the oil.
  • Add the minced garlic to the tomatoes and toss to combine. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper to each of the vegetables.
  • Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes, then give them a stir. Return the vegetables to the oven and roast for another 10 minutes. Stir again, then continue to roast, checking every five minutes, until the vegetables have reached your desired level of doneness (35 minutes total roasting time for me). If one vegetable finishes before the other, simply remove it from the baking sheet and finish roasting the other.
  • After roasting, taste the vegetables and season one last time with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 82.7kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2.52gFat: 5.88gSodium: 171.6mgFiber: 3.18g
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How to Make Roasted Asparagus – Step by Step Photos

Asparagus and Tomatoes on the baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Slice off any dry or woody ends from the asparagus. Spread the asparagus out on one side of the baking sheet and the tomatoes on the other. Drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil over each side and toss to coat in the oil. Add 1 clove of minced garlic to the tomatoes, and toss to combine.

Asparagus and tomatoes seasoned and ready to roast

Season the asparagus and tomatoes with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. 

Asparagus and tomatoes after roasting for 20 minutes.

Roast the asparagus and tomatoes in the preheated 400ºF oven for 20 minutes, then give it a good stir (pictured: after 20 minutes of roasting).

Asparagus and tomatoes after 35 minutes of roasting

Return the asparagus and tomatoes to the oven and roast for another 10 minutes. Stir again, then continue to roast, checking on the vegetables every 5 minutes, until they reach your desired level of doneness. I roasted mine for 35 minutes total, but the time will vary depending on the size and shape of your vegetables. Taste the roasted asparagus and tomatoes and season one last time with salt and pepper! Serve with your favorite main dish!

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  1. Seems simple. Bought some grape tomatoes and asparagus and I said to myself, “what now”? Glad this was readily available. Trying tomorrow with some baked chicken thighs.

  2. What’s your strategy when pairing this with the cod? Are you cooking both recipes at same time on same pan?

    1. I do two separate pans just to make it easier, since the vegetables cook a little longer, and I don’t necessarily want any fishy flavored juices on the vegetables (I don’t want everything to taste exactly the same). But you can do one pan as long as it’s a big enough pan and the items are not too crowded, then just remove the fish after the first 20 minutes.

  3. Personally I wasn’t crazy about the tomatoes but I sprinkled a little garlic powder over the asparagus before they went into the oven and they practically stole the show of the dish. Definitely going to be making this again.

  4. Can you please tell us where you got those beautiful enameled cast-iron pans? I didn’t see anything about it in your “kitchen basics” page!

    1. Sure! I got it on a separate website: roveandswig.com And you should be able to use the code “budgetbytes” to get 10% off (if the code is still active). :)

  5. Noticed these colorful and yummy looking veggies on your cod recipe page and am probably going to include them the next time I have an oven meal. I did want to mention that thicker asparagus is a better choice for roasting–tons more flavor. I will also probably include a sliced onion on the sheet pan because even if we don’t eat them with that dinner, roasted onions are one of the best leftovers ever. Thanks, Beth