These roasted vegetables are the easiest, the simplest, and the BEST tasting! They are always a hit in our home. Each vegetable is perfectly tender and packed with great flavor!
Whenever I don’t bring my lunch to work, 8 times out of 10 I would pick up a box of roasted vegetables with a large turkey meatball from the local store’s lunch bar. Let me tell you, those roasted vegetables are really good, albeit quite expensive and have a fairly limited variety.
There you can find the usual roasted carrots, green beans, red onions, and potatoes. Occasionally they have sweet potatoes, zucchini and asparagus, but that’s about it.
Some of my favorite vegetables to roast are eggplant and Brussels sprouts. Roasted root vegetables rock! They taste great and are full of minerals and vitamins. I love the taste of roasted beets, carrots, yams and parsnips. Throw in some bell peppers for good measure and I am in heaven. Wait, I forgot butternut squash. That’s it. I absolutely adore roasted butternut squash. Roasted butternut squash is seriously delicious!
This recipe includes a very good sample of my favorite vegetables. Each time I roast veggies I try to vary them and incorporate what I have on hand. But it’s always a combination of root vegetables non-root vegetables. Whenever I make it at home it’s always a hit. When I serve these roasted vegetables to guests they always ask me for the recipe. Invariably it takes them by surprise to learn how simple it is.
I think the secret to making excellent roasted veggies lies in the variety. A bunch of roasted potatoes, or Brussels sprouts, no matter how well prepared, can never compete with a medley of root and non-root veggies. Here you have softer and crunchier textures, sweet and tart, and a wide range of colors and nutrients, and all the minerals coming especially from root vegetables.
Similarly, the dressing makes a huge difference. More often than not I find store/restaurant roasted veggies are on the sweeter side. To fix that I use a combination of balsamic vinegar and sherry vinegar. I wanted to make the dressing tart enough but without it being overly sweet from using too much balsamic vinegar.
Fresh aromatic herbs like basil and thyme add a lot of flavor too. As does garlic. I use a lot of it. It loses its pungency during roasting but the flavor remains.
I like to cut the vegetables about the same size so that they cook evenly. Dense vegetables like beet roots need to be cut a bit thinner than the rest to cook through in time. Brussels sprouts are a toss – sometimes I cut them in half, sometimes I roast them whole.
If you can, I recommend using a very large, 15 x 21-inch baking sheet for roasting your vegetables. This will help avoid crowding and let the liquids evaporate quickly, allowing for proper roast. Otherwise divide the vegetables and roast them in two batches.
- 1 medium eggplant, quartered and sliced into ½-inch pieces
- 1 large carrot, sliced into ½-inch pieces on the diagonal
- 2 medium red onions, cut into ½-inch strips
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into ½-inch strips
- 2 medium / 1 large beet root(s), peeled, quartered and sliced into ½-inch pieces
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, quartered and sliced into 1-inch pieces
- 15 Brussels sprouts, cut in half or whole
- 1 zucchini, sliced into ½-inch rounds
- For the dressing:
- ½ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar (not overly sweet)
- 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian basil
- 5 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- To sprinkle on top:
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- ½ tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Line a large, 15x21-inch baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. If you are using smaller baking sheets you will need to roast the vegetables in two batches or on two baking sheets.
- Prepare the dressing by whisking the olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, basil, thyme, garlic, pepper and salt in a small bowl, until well combined.
- Place the vegetables in a large bowl, big enough to accommodate all the veggies and still having some head space left to allow tossing. Pour the dressing all over the vegetables and toss until the veggies are evenly covered by the dressing.
- Transfer the vegetables onto the baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper on top.
- Bake on top rack for 45 minutes. Serve immediately.