Building on Basics: Roasting Vegetables
Updated: Feb 28, 2022
When it comes to roasting vegetables, this is one of the easiest ways of doing it. It is another way to create a "blank canvas" that you can work with.
Whether it is tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, or even tomatillos, this is the simplest way to approach the process of roasting vegetables. We are using spices that just about everyone has or has easy-access to.
The ideal temperature for roasting vegetables is between 375°F-425°F (176°C-218°C) - some vegetables may need more heat depending on hardiness and size.
This is one of the best areas of the kitchen (whether home or professional) that it can be great practice for good knife skills for keeping vegetables relatively the same size. One large roasting pan or if you can get your hands on a professional 1/2 sheet pan, you can easily pull this off at home!
Commonly Used Herbs & Spices For Roasting
Creating a baseline of your common go-to's is all you need when it comes to adding basic flavors to vegetables for roasting purposes. My basic list is: kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, granulated garlic and rosemary. I keep a large stockpile at home and I make a batch of this ahead of time. You can use anything you want, of course.
Commonly Used Ingredients To Add To Your Roasting Pan
When you are prepping your main vegetable or a collection of vegetables, variety makes it so much better! My common go-to ingredients to add to the pan would be onion, garlic cloves, carrots, celery, and leeks. Of course, depending on what you are making from a pan of roasted vegetables, you would simply coordinate ingredients that work well together. My basic list is: onions, carrots, and celery - commonly referred to as mirepoix (MEER-pwah).
Roasted Vegetables Uses & Building On Recipes The best thing about a one-pan deal is that you are saving on time and using less dishes in the kitchen. It is a wicked good time-saver when you just pile on the vegetables, lightly coated in olive oil and dusted with some of your favorite spices. Low-maintenance folks! This is a perfect side dish all on its own. Or, it is a perfect way to bulk up your soups and stews by pureeing the roasted vegetables and adding it to the pot! For sauce and salsa making, you can make the most incredible homemade marinara by starting off with roasting your tomatoes with onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. For salsa, roasting off these tomatillos is amplifying flavors that will come together well!