Roasted Carrots Recipe
With Easter fast approaching (I can’t believe it’s already almost time for Easter and Spring!) I had to share this simple and delicious recipe for Oven Roasted Carrots. It’s an Easter Dinner tradition around our house to always serve Deviled Eggs and a carrot dish of some kind every year. Something about eggs and carrots just screams Happy Easter to me, so this year we will be making these Oven Roasted Carrots for our Easter dinner. Easter and Spring time in general always brings back so many wonderful memories of my childhood. Back when I was a child, we celebrated Easter pretty big in our house. My mom made the Easter holiday so special and I will treasure those memories for as long as I live. Thanks, Mom! When I was really young she would sew me a new dress each year from fabric and a pattern that I chose.
The dress would usually be paired with a hat and gloves and she always had a special Easter basket waiting on me Sunday morning when I woke up. Mom made a big Easter Sunday breakfast, and then we would have an even bigger Easter dinner at Granny’s house that afternoon. I can still remember some of the treasured Easter dinner dishes that were served each year. I can’t recall exactly how Mom and Granny made the carrots, but I’m sure there were some on the dinner table – who has Easter dinner without carrots?! Now that I have a family of my own and host Easter dinner at my house most years, I make sure we have these wonderful Oven Roasted Carrots each year.
Can roasted carrots be made ahead?
One thing I love so much about these Oven Roasted Carrots is the stupid easy recipe. I mean, it can’t get any more simple than only three ingredients right?! There is no shame in my easy recipe game! The other great thing about these carrots is that yes, roasted carrots can be made ahead of time. You can roast them up the day or night before and then just re-heat them in the oven at about 350F before serving. I do, however, recommend making these Easy Roasted Carrots the day you will be serving them – freshly cooked food is always better than reheated!
How to roast carrots whole
I started out with a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper creates a non-stick barrier between the food and the pan and also makes for much easier clean up. No soaking or scrubbing the pan clean! After lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper, tear into a large bag of baby carrots and place them on the baking sheet. You should also go ahead and start preheating your oven at 400F. Drizzle the carrots very lightly and evenly with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Are roasted carrots healthy?
Once the carrots have been drizzled with olive oil, toss them lightly with your hands to ensure that they are evenly coated with the olive oil. Open one packet of dry Ranch seasoning and sprinkle it evenly over the baby carrots. Sprinkle away! This Ranch mix makes these Oven Roasted Carrots taste SO GOOD! I’ve had different ones ask the question, “Are roasted carrots healthy?” My answer would be, yes, I believe roasted carrots are healthy. While the dry Ranch seasoning is certainly not the cleanest ingredient, the carrots and olive oil are very healthy and nutritious. For more about the health benefits of carrots, click HERE.
Can roasted carrots be reheated?
Place the Ranch Seasoned Carrots into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Once the first 15 minutes is up, toss the carrots with a spatula and roast for another 15 minutes. After the second 15 minutes, remove the carrots again and toss once more. At this point you should poke the carrots with a fork and and check to see if they are fork tender. If they are not, roast for another ten minutes. Since every oven cooks differently, the cook time for these carrots could vary by about ten minutes. When your carrots are tender when poked with a fork, it’s time to place them on a pretty platter or in a bowl and serve! Can roasted carrots be reheated? Absolutely, roasted carrots can be reheated. Simple heat them in the oven at 350F until warmed through or microwave any leftovers.
What goes well with roasted carrots?
So now that we have one Easter dinner side dish nailed down, what goes well with roasted carrots? I love to pair these carrots with my Mustard Potato Salad and my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. My Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches and my Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Chicken Drumsticks also go well with these carrots. I hope you all had fun making these Oven Roasted Carrots with me today! If you make these for your family, please comment and let me know; I love to hear from my readers. Happy Easter, friends and happy dining!
Oven Roasted Carrots
Roasted to perfection and seasoned with Ranch seasoning, these Oven Roasted Carrots will be a fast favorite at your dinner table.
- 32 oz baby carrots
- 1 packet dry Ranch seasoning mix
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the carrots onto the baking sheet and drizzle lightly and evenly with olive oil.
Sprinkle the dry Ranch mix evenly over the baby carrots, toss the carrots in the oil and Ranch seasoning, and place in the oven.
Roast the carrots for 15 minutes, remove, toss with a spatula, and place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
Once the full 30 minutes is up, remove the carrots and poke with a fork. When the carrots are fork tender, they are ready to remove from the oven and serve.
- This may require an additional 10 minutes of cook time depending on how your oven cooks.
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