Roasted Carrots & Soft Leeks

Let’s talk carrots. They can be super-duper boring or a completely blank canvas that you can make into something totally yummy! Introducing my no-frills, go-to vegetable recipe: Roasted Carrots & Soft Leeks.

This side-dish is simple yet really delicious: caramelized sweet carrots tossed with delicate leeks. If you haven’t tried leeks (they’re like a mild green onion!), you’re about to become a leek lover!

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

 

 

 

Makes: 2 large side dish portions

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

The Ingredients

1-pound baby carrots, patted dry with a paper towel

1 leek

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

Salt & black pepper

 

 

 

The Steps

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

To prepare carrots: Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place baby carrots in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. Toss carrots in olive oil and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake carrots for 40-45 minutes, stirring carrots halfway through. Carrots are done when they wrinkle, and some carrots caramelize and look golden brown.

To prepare leeks: While carrots are baking, prepare leek by cutting off the tough dark green top and the very bottom root end of the leek. Save the dark green top for stocks or soups, or discard. Cut leek in half lengthwise. Rest both halves on a cutting board, cut-side down. Chop leeks into thin half-moons.

Add a tablespoon of butter to a medium saucepan. When carrots are done baking, melt butter over medium-low heat and add leeks. Sauté until leeks soften and go from bright green to slightly caramelized, about 3-4 minutes.

Lift foil off baking sheet and slide carrots and residual olive oil into sautéed leeks. Toss until combined.

Serve warm, with a sprinkle of salt.

TIP: I recommend making these carrots to-order! In my experience, they aren’t as delicious reheated!

 

 

 

The Steps with Video

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

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