Spicy, smoky, sweet, and asparagus-y. Easy and really good! This is not super spicy - you can crank up the heat some more if you like by adding another chipotle or two.
This would also work on the grill.
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely minced (seeded if desired)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb asparagus, tough ends snapped off
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Combine the minced chipotle, brown sugar, and olive oil in a small bowl or jar and mix well. Place the asparagus in a bowl and pour the chipotle mixture over it, then toss until thoroughly coated.
Place the asparagus in a roasting pan in a single layer. Roast for 12-15 minutes, until tender.
Serves 4 (less if you really love asparagus).