January 27, 2023

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Roasted Vegetables (BEST Seasoning!) – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Robustly seasoned Roasted Vegetables that are baked to perfection — succulently tender with beautifully caramelized exteriors. The secret? Toss root vegetables on an extra-large sheet pan with our show-stopping seasoning blend and bake at high heat. These veggies make the ultimate side dish to a meat-heavy dinner and they’re a great way to add color (and nutrition!) to your dinner spread. If you aren’t so sure about veggies, you’ve got to try this recipe!

If you’re looking for a specific roasted vegetable recipe, try one of these: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes (a reader favorite recipe!), Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Carrots, Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Green Beans, or this Roasted Corn Salad.

Overhead image of Roasted Vegetables on a tray

Roasted Vegetable Recipe

The most famous (“viral”) recipe I’ve ever shared is this One-Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies. It’s been pinned and viewed millions of times receiving rave reviews — (thank you!).

Of course, I had to create a few spin-offs of that recipe (see “quick tip” box below). And throughout the many iterations of sharing these roasted vegetable dinners, I feel there is a lot to share with you about making perfectly roasted vegetables. 

Yes, Roasted Vegetables should be a simple side dish, but minor tweaks can take your veggies from meh to amazing. And this Roasted Vegetables Recipe is a culmination of all the best tips, tricks, and favorite combo of veggies. I can’t wait to spill all my “secrets” here — so let’s get started!

Overhead image of all the vegetables used in this dish

The Secrets To Roasting Vegetables

  1. Veggies need SPACE! The more space the vegetables have (and the less crowded they are) the better they roast. When vegetables are overlapping on a sheet pan, they end up steaming instead of roasting which results in softer, somewhat soggy-tasting veggies.
  2. High heat. The oven needs to be at 400-425 degrees F in order for the veggies to get tender on the inside and caramelized on the outside. 
  3. Uniform sizes. When roasting a combination of different vegetables, they need to be cut into relatively similar-sized pieces so they’ll roast evenly.
  4. The right amount of olive oil and seasonings. You’ll need just enough oil to evenly and lightly coat the veggies. Too little and veggies are prone to burning/drying out and too much and veggies will be oily and soggy. Veggies don’t need much as far as seasonings go — even simply salt and pepper can go a long way. That said, a few herbs can deliver even more flavor to the veggies.
  5. Flip the veggies halfway through baking time. Giving the veggies a quick toss halfway through the baking time will ensure even roasting on all sides of all the veggies. Bake long enough to get the golden brown edges on the veggies — this is where the flavor really develops!

Process shots of Roasted Vegetables-- images of the onions being chopped

Oven Roasted Vegetables: Tools

  • My number 1 tip: Use (this) 15×21 inch sheet pan to get crispy roasted vegetables. This massive sheet pan is a game changer! Not only will veggies taste best on this size pan (because they aren’t crowded so they’ll caramelize better!), but they also cook faster. When veggies are crowded, the baking time is longer.
  • Sturdy cutting board. When chopping vegetables (and especially root vegetables), it’s nice to have a sturdy surface to cut them on. 
  • Sharp chef’s knife. It can be frustrating to cut vegetables (especially sweet potatoes) with a dull knife.

Process shots-- images of the potatoes being chopped

Roasted Vegetable Seasoning

Roasting vegetables brings out such incredible flavor, so you don’t need a whole bunch of seasonings.

A good seasoning blend is a game changer for veggies and this is one of my favorites! This Tuscan-inspired seasoning blend (adapted from our favorite Crockpot Roast) combines crushed rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, plus salt and pepper.

You can completely change up the flavors by changing up the seasoning blend. Here are a few other ideas:

  • Prepare Mediterranean roasted vegetables by tossing veggies with garlic powder, dried basil, dried Greek oregano, dried parsley, dried onion powder, and dried thyme.
  • For a Mexican flair, try tossing the veggies in our Taco Seasoning or Fajita Seasoning.
  • Or try adding a couple of teaspoons of Everything Bagel Seasoning for a fun flavor twist. (Don’t add extra salt!)
  • Another option is to make Roasted Vegetables with balsamic vinegar. Prepare the veggies and while they’re baking, prepare a balsamic reduction (or dressing — follow directions in this Asparagus Salad) to drizzle on the finished veggies. 
  • More flavor options: Squeeze on some citrus at the end (like lemon), drizzle on a vinaigrette, or add some red pepper flakes (for heat).

Process shots of Roasted Vegetables-- images of the Brussels sprouts being chopped

A quick overview with a few tips:

How To Roast Vegetables

  1. Prep the veggies. Peel veggies ( if needed), wash, and thoroughly dry them. We don’t want excess moisture on the veggies or they’ll steam.
  2. Toss right on the sheet pan. Instead of tossing the veggies with oil and seasonings in a bowl, do it right on the sheet pan! If you do toss in a bowl first, you’ll need a touch more oil. Use your hands to evenly coat all the veggies.
  3. Trust your intuition. Roasting time can vary depending on the size of the veggies, your actual oven temperature, the type of veggies being roasted, etc. Watch the veggies, and when they’re fork tender with crisp, caramelized exteriors, they’re done! 
  4. When veggies are done roasting, taste for seasoning. You may need to add an extra pinch or two of salt and pepper before serving.

Process shots-- images of the carrots being chopped and prepped

How Long To Roast Vegetables

Our favorite blend of roasted root vegetables is potatoes, red onion, Brussels sprouts, and carrots. These vegetables all roast together beautifully.

That said, different veggies can roast at the same time, but to ensure they’ll all cook evenly, they need to be cut to similar sizes and be similar densities.

Harder/denser veggies like sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, and carrots will all roast nicely together. Roast timing will be around 35-45 minutes.

Softer veggies like zucchini, bell peppers, sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, and asparagus all work nicely together. Roast timing will be around 15-20 minutes or for thin veggies about 10-20 minutes.

So what if you want a combination of some hard veggies and some soft ones? No problem. Just stagger the roast time. Roast denser veggies first then add the quicker-cooking veggies halfway through the roast time. Just make sure to leave room initially for these veggies to be added in later.

Process shots of Roasted Vegetables-- images of the sweet potatoes being chopped and prepped

Roasted Vegetables FAQs

1What temperature is best for roasting vegetables?

400 degrees F is the perfect temperature for this particular blend of root vegetables. It delivers a perfectly caramelized exterior and fork-tender interior.

For other veggies (like broccoli and cauliflower), we recommend roasting at 425 degrees F.

If you find the veggies aren’t browning enough, try increasing the temperature or checking the temperature of your oven. An internal oven thermometer is an invaluable tool to have for cooking — you never know if your oven is running cold or hot without testing!

2Which vegetables are commonly suitable for roasting?

Pretty much every vegetable can be roasted (and tastes best that way!) Carrots, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, cauliflower, peppers, parsnips, beets, peppers — the sky is the limit!

3Should you salt vegetables before roasting?

Yes! Salting before roasting ultimately unleashes the maximum flavor potential. Salt draws moisture out of vegetables This improves the texture and delivers a crispier final product with maximum flavor.

4Are Roasted Vegetables still healthy?

Absolutely yes! Roasted vegetables are very nutritious. The fact is, all forms of heating vegetables will destroy some of the nutrients, but many still remain. Plus, with roasted veggies, we’re adding in heart-healthy fats (olive oil) and seasonings which also deliver nutrients.

5Should you season vegetables before roasting?

Yes! The seasoning should happen before roasting. Then, after the veggies are done, you can give them a quick taste test and add additional salt/pepper as needed.

6How long does it take to roast vegetables at 400?

This vegetable blend takes about 35-40 minutes.

This timing is dependent on accurate oven temperature and that the veggies have plenty of room to roast (if they’re overlapping, they’ll take longer to roast).

7When roasting vegetables, where should you place the rack in the oven?

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven to bake the vegetables.

8Can you roast frozen vegetables?

You can. IMO, they don’t turn out nearly as good as fresh vegetables, just because they don’t caramelize as well (there is too much liquid), but they’re still tasty. Here’s a guide on roasting frozen veggies.

Up-close overhead image of Roasted Vegetables on a tray, ready to be enjoyed

What To Do With Roasted Vegetables:

  • Enjoy them right out of the oven with your dinner! We love them as a hearty side dish with this Blackened Chicken or this Italian Chicken Marinade.
  • Add to a holiday spread
  • Meal prep with ’em. Maybe I’m crazy, but I absolutely love the leftover roasted vegetables and potatoes straight from the fridge (yes, cold!) as a quick snack. Or I’ll meal prep with them adding them (cold) to a big salad (like this Garden Salad).
  • Reheat leftovers. Leftover veggies can be reheated in the oven, in a skillet, or (my personal favorite way) in the Air Fryer. You can even microwave them, but they do get a bit more mushy when re-heated this way.

QUICK TIP

Here’s a fun way to add more flavor to roasted veggies: Grate a block of Parmesan cheese with a microplane, right on top of the veggies after removing them from the oven. Using a microplane to grate the cheese ensures it melts beautifully into the veggies. Parmesan adds a nice finishing seasoning and flavor.

Roasted Vegetables

Robustly seasoned Roasted Vegetables that are baked to perfection — succulently tender with beautifully caramelized exteriors. The secret? Toss root vegetables on an extra-large sheet pan with our show-stopping seasoning blend and bake at high heat. These veggies make the ultimate side dish to a meat-heavy dinner and they’re a great way to add color (and nutrition!) to your dinner spread. If you aren’t so sure about veggies, you’ve got to try this recipe!

Roasted Vegetables

Robustly seasoned Roasted Vegetables that are baked to perfection — succulently tender with beautifully caramelized exteriors. The secret? Toss root vegetables on an extra-large sheet pan with our show-stopping seasoning blend and bake at high heat. These veggies make the ultimate side dish to a meat-heavy dinner and they’re a great way to add color (and nutrition!) to your dinner spread. If you aren’t so sure about veggies, you’ve got to try this recipe!

Instructions

  • PREP: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare an extra-large (15×21 inch sheet pan) or 2 smaller (11×17-inch) sheet pans (See Note 1) and set aside.
  • PREP VEGGIES: (See Note 2.) Peel the carrots and cut on the diagonal into large chunks (thick carrots–cut 1-inch chunks; thinner–cut 1-1/2-inch chunks), remove the outer leaves of the sprouts and halve them, halve the baby red potatoes (quarter especially large ones), halve the red onion and cut into thick 1-inch pieces, peel the sweet potato(s) and cut into large 1-1/2-inch chunks/slices.

  • ASSEMBLE: Place all the vegetables on the prepared baking sheet(s) and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle on the oregano, rosemary, thyme, and basil. Add salt & pepper to taste (I add add 1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper). Toss well with your hands, evenly coating all the vegetables with the seasonings and oil. Then use your hands to space veggies out so they aren’t overlapping or too crowded.

  • BAKE: Place the tray on middle rack of the fully preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, flipping the veggies and spacing them out again 20 minutes into baking time.

  • ENJOY: Remove from the oven and taste, adding extra salt/pepper if needed. Optional: top with fresh herbs or use a microplane to finely grate some Parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy immediately. 

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Veggies need SPACE! The more space the vegetables have (and the less-crowded they are), the better they roast. When vegetables are overlapping on a sheet pan, they end up steaming instead of roasting which results in softer, soggier veggies. Additionally, if the veggies don’t have enough space, roast time is quite a bit longer than recipe indicates.
Note 2: Uniform sizes. When roasting a combination of different vegetables, they need to be cut to relatively similar-sized pieces so they’ll roast evenly. See post for step-by-step photos for how I cut each veggie.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 17264IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

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