How to roast vegetables?

I find Autumn the perfect season for roasting vegetables in the oven. I love that warm heat from the oven, the scent the roasted vegetables spread in the kitchen and easy peasy-ness of cooking that way. But do you wonder what the roasting times are of vegetables and how to get the perfect roast?

Let me share a few tips and tricks on how to roast vegetables.

STEP 1: Pre-heat the oven: often the latest state-of-the-art ovens don’t require a long pre-heating anymore. I tend to choose 180 C for all my vegetable roasting.

STEP 2: chop the veggies and toss with olive oil and seasoning. Seasoning can be salt, pepper or any fresh or dried herb.

STEP 3: Spread them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven.

ROASTING TIMES:

10 to 20 minutes : all soft vegetables like tomatoes, green asparagus, courgette, green beans

20 to 30 minutes: all medium soft vegetables like broccoli, butternut squash, parsnip, beetroot, fennel, onions

30 to 40 minutes: all harder vegetables like carrots, celeriac, potatoes

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