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Lemon + Rosemary Roasted Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is one of our favorite veggie side dishes. It’s the one vegetable I know I can always count on to be eaten by both me and Brandon. It seems like everything else is either something I love and he hates or vice versa. I’m trying to get him to come around on other vegetables but until then, asparagus FTW!

After we settled into our new place I headed out to the grocery store to stock up our new pantry and kitchen. We eat so much fruit and so many vegetables that I usually end up having to go to the store every 3 – 4 days. That wasn’t a big deal in Atlanta when the store was half a mile away but now it’s about 10-miles of mountain roads. It’s not like 10 miles is a huge deal but I am starting to have thoughts of planting a container garden so I can grow my own on our patio. We’ll see if that ever happens…

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetable side dishes. It's so easy and is definitely a family favorite. It only takes 10 minutes!

Anyway, so I’m in the store and I see the asparagus sitting there in all of its green glory. I start walking that way when someone swoops their cart in front of me and spends the next 5 minutes debating whether or not a bunch of asparagus is worth spending $1.19. ::insert all the rage face emojis:: I thought about, “Ummmm…EXCUSE ME…” and reaching ahead and just picking up my asparagus but then thought better of it. I had other vegetables to buy and chose to avoid the conflict instead. What irritated me was overhearing them spend 5 minutes arguing over whether or not asparagus was worth $1.19 and then, after deciding it was a fair price, opting not to buy it because they couldn’t afford it. They had FIVE 12-packs of soda in their cart! I’m sorry but it annoys me to no end that someone will drop $25 – $30 on soda and say they can’t afford $1.19 for vegetables. Like, no, you can afford it but you’re choosing sugar and crap instead. 

I know I’m on a soapbox. I know I’m being bitchy and judgmental. I’ll stop but dang if it doesn’t frustrate me so much! Ok, on to the lemon & rosemary roasted asparagus…

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetable side dishes. It's so easy and is definitely a family favorite. It only takes 10 minutes!

Savory Tomato Soup
A delicious savory tomato soup you can freeze and eat for weeks.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
  1. 2 full sticks of unsalted butter (1/2 lb)
  2. 3 medium onions, diced
  3. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 10 cups of diced tomatoes (or 4 28oz cans of diced tomatoes), undrained
  5. 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  6. 1/3 cup sugar
  7. 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp basil
  10. 1/4 tsp oregano
  11. 3/4 cup half-and-half
  1. In a 12-qt stock pot, melt the sticks of butter over medium heat. When melted, add diced onions and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until onions are translucent but not browned.
  2. Add flour and stir approximately 3 - 5 until the roux is thickened but not browned.
  3. Add the tomatoes (undrained), vegetable broth, sugar, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 - 45 minutes, frequently stirring so the bottom of the soup doesn't burn.
  4. Add half-and-half, stir until well-blended.
  5. Remove from heat and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Return to low heat.
  6. Serve while hot.
  1. You can add a full basil leaf to the soup while cooking to boost the flavor but be sure to remove it before serving.
  2. If you do not have an immersion blender you can puree the soup in a regular blender but you must be sure the soup is cool before doing so.
  3. Soup can be frozen in individual containers or ziploc bags for up to 3 months.
  4. Serve topped with your favorite combination of mozzarella cheese, green onions, scallions, or croutons.
Adapted from Grandma's Recipe
Adapted from Grandma's Recipe
Honey and Pine Co


  1. Love roasted asparagus! Never tried it with rosemary oddly will do soon. Is it possible to grow wild where you live? I’ve heard up North people have it growing along their fence line and it grows HARDY when wild, like they can barely keep up with it in season. I was like hmmm…pity the day asparagus grows wild and free in my backyard NOT lol bring the day on! Apparently you have to fight the deer off for it though 😉

    • I’m not sure if it can grow wild here or not. I think my parents are growing some in their garden so it’s likely. I’m certain you’d have to fight deer off for it. They seem to get in to everything! We had a few in our backyard the other day.

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