To roast pine nuts in an oven, place them in a baking sheet at 350 F and roast for about 10 to 15 minutes, shaking them gently until they turn lightly golden. To roast pine nuts in a microwave, alternate roasting and cooling by one-minute intervals until they become translucent.
To bring out their distinctive flavor, first preheat the oven to 350 F before roasting pine nuts. Ensure the nuts spread well on the baking sheet to achieve even burning, as they have high oil content that helps them color fast. Shaking the nuts gently as they roast prevents them from over-burning. Once pine nuts turn light golden and are withdrawn from the heat, their oil content ensures they burn until they turn brownish. Allow the nuts to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them into a bowl.
When roasting pine nuts in a microwave, first wash the nuts, place them in a colander, and then add salt to taste. Place the nuts in a microwave-safe bowl, and roast them for one minute on high power. Remove the nuts, stir them, and wait for one minute before returning them to the microwave. Roast the nuts for another minute, remove, and check to see if they have turned translucent. Repeat the procedure, and only stop when the nuts become translucent, then allow them time to cool.