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Asparagus Casserole (VIDEO)

Asparagus Casserole in a creamy Alfredo sauce topped with crisp cheesy bread crumbs. This asparagus bake is an easy and impressive side dish.

We love roasted asparagus and asparagus recipes in general like our popular baked asparagus with parmesan or this Shrimp Scampi Pasta.

Asparagus casserole in baking dish with creamy cheesy topping

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Asparagus Casserole Recipe:

Spring is in the air which means asparagus is plentiful in grocery stores! Read on to learn how to select the best quality fresh asparagus for this casserole.

This is a holiday worthy asparagus casserole (think Easter!) and comes together quickly. Watch everyone’s eyes light up when they see you pull this beauty out of the oven. This asparagus bake is irresistibly good served with creamy mashed potatoes and beef tenderloin or prime rib.

Finished asparagus casserole recipe with crisp bread crumb topping

Is Asparagus Better Thick or Thin?

Thin Asparagus generally come from a younger asparagus crown (root bed). Skinny asparagus cooks faster so it’s a great option for stir frying.

Thick asparagus comes from an older asparagus crown. Since it takes longer to cook, it tends to be better for high heat cooking (broiling and roasting).

Ultimately, size is not important. Both thin and thick asparagus will work in this recipe. They taste the same and are equally sweet and tender. Be sure to adjust the timing as skinny asparagus will bake faster and big asparagus spears will take longer to reach desired tenderness.

Ingredients for asparagus casserole with thick and thin asparagus, half and half, cheese, bread crumbs, butter and flour

How to Select Asparagus:

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to selecting asparagus, but freshness is importance. The signs of freshly pickled asparagus are:

  • Tops that are tightly closed (not open or fraying)
  • Bottoms that look moist and plump (not too dry or shriveled)

How to Trim Asparagus:

There are several methods for trimming asparagus. You can either peel the ends with a potato peeler or snap off the ends. For two pounds of asparagus, the easiest way (our preferred method), is to snap off the ends. Hold the bottom third of the spear with both hands and bend. It will naturally snap where the fibrous portion ends and the tender part begins.

How to select and trim asparagus by snapping off the ends

Is Asparagus Healthy to Eat?

Asparagus is impressively good for you! It is known for its high folic acid, potassium, fiber, thiamine, B Vitamins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K content. Adding to the list of asparagus health benefits, it also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.*

How to Make Asparagus Casserole:

  1. Butter a 9×13 casserole and arrange trimmed asparagus, packing it so the surface is level.
  2. Make the Sauce: melt 3 Tbsp butter in a saucepan and add 2 1/2 Tbsp flour, whisking until golden. Add 2 cups half and half, 2 tsp garlic salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and whisk until starting to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup parmesan.
  3. Pour sauce over casserole and bake at 400˚F for 15-18 min.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping: stir together 1 Tbsp melted butter with 1/2 cup bread crumbs then stir in 1/2 cup parmesan. Halfway through baking, sprinkle on the topping.
  5. Broil 2-3 minutes at the end until topping is crisp and golden.

Step by step photos how to make asparagus casserole, sauce and crisp cheesy topping

Our Best Asparagus Recipes:

Baked Asparagus Casserole

Watch Natasha Make this Asparagus Casserole:

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Asparagus Casserole

4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Asparagus Casserole bake on kitchen towel
Asparagus Casserole in a creamy Alfredo sauce topped with crisp cheesy bread crumbs. This asparagus bake is easy and impressive.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: asparagus casserole
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 208 kcal
Servings: 8 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus trimmed
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter divided, plus more to grease casserole
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half (or equal parts milk and heavy cream)
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 400˚F with the rack in the center. Butter a 9x13 casserole dish. Arrange trimmed asparagus in prepared casserole dish, packing it down for a fairly flat and even surface.

  2. Place a saucepan over medium heat. Melt in 3 Tbsp butter then add 2 1/2 Tbsp flour and whisk constantly for 3 minutes or until butter just starts to turn golden in color. Whisk in 2 cups half and half, 2 tsp garlic salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Whisk until sauce just starts to thicken then remove from heat. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup parmesan and whisk until cheese is melted and incorporated.

  3. Pour sauce evenly over the asparagus, leaving about 1" space on the long sides of the casserole dish. Bake uncovered at 400˚F for 15-18 minutes (depending on thickness of asparagus), or until asparagus reaches desired tenderness.

  4. While the casserole is baking, make the topping: in a small mixing bowl, melt 1 Tbsp butter. Mix in 1/2 cup bread crumbs, stirring until evenly moistened, then stir in 1/2 cup remaining parmesan cheese. Halfway through baking, sprinkle the bread crumb topping evenly over the casserole then return it to the oven to finish baking.

  5. When asparagus has reached desired doneness, set oven to broil for 2-3 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 827mg36%
Potassium 330mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1325IU27%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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*Asparagus Nutrition and health benefits sourced from draxe.com

 

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  • Johanna Ortiz
    November 26, 2020

    I made this alfredo sauce last night for dinner and it was the BEST alfredo sauce I have ever had – better than any restaurant. And super easy to make. It was my 1st time making a rue. You are amazing Natasha!!! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 26, 2020

      Hello Johanna, that is so heartwarming. Thank you so much for your nice words and good feedback!

      Reply

  • Farrah King
    October 21, 2020

    Hi Natasha! I love watching all your videos on Facebook and learning your quick and easy cooking techniques. Can you tell me the brand of this 9×13 casserole dish? It’s not the Staub one listed on your Amazon link. The handles are different, which is what I love about this one. It has arched and wide handles.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 23, 2020

      Hi, the white casserole dish that I have photographed above is only available at Fred Meyer as far as I have found. I am not able to find it online to link to it.

      Reply

  • Dot B
    October 12, 2020

    This is the best asparagus I have ever eaten! Didn’t change a thing. I will be using this recipe for the holidays.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 12, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tristan
    September 29, 2020

    Can we use regular bread crumbs if we don’t have Panko?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 29, 2020

      Hi Tristan, we love this with panko crumbs but have not tried it with regular bread crumbs to advise.

      Reply

  • Patricia Callender
    September 23, 2020

    Can you use Brussel sprouts instead of asparagus in this recipe?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 23, 2020

      Hi Patricia, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share it with us if you liked it with Brussel sprouts!

      Reply

    • Diane J Czir
      November 9, 2020

      I use this on cauliflower but I steam my cauliflower first until slightly then do the same thing

      Reply

  • Ted Olshefski
    August 4, 2020

    Great recipe !! We made it keto-friendly by subbing pork rinds for the panko and almond flour instead of regular flour. Should get it under 5 carbs per serving.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I love that you made this keto-friendly!

      Reply

    • Susan
      September 26, 2020

      Absolutely delicious Natasha! I so appreciate you.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        September 27, 2020

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

        Reply

    • Susan
      September 26, 2020

      Does almond flour thicken sauces? Just wondering because I use it more like breading for chicken and fish. My first thought would be to skip the alond flour as a thickener and just use heavy cream instead of whole milk and adjust the cheese. Ymmv.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        September 27, 2020

        Hi Susan, almond flour can be used as a thickener, so just add a small amount at a time.

        Reply

  • John
    July 9, 2020

    add sausage and mushrooms to the casserole boy what a meal and good for breakfast with eggs

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 9, 2020

      That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Dawne Ward
    June 22, 2020

    Made this for Father’s Day dinner. I took it to my sister’s house, refrigerated it and baked it later that day after it came back to room temperature. I saved out the crumb topping to add half way thru the baking. It was pretty on the buffet table, super yummy and everyone asked for the recipe. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe Dawne!

      Reply

  • Belinda
    June 22, 2020

    I loved this recipe as did everyone who ate it! Enjoy your presentation and wit in your videos. Looking forward to making more of your delicious recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 22, 2020

      That is so great! I am so glad that everyone loved this recipe.

      Reply

  • Mary Jane Golden
    March 31, 2020

    The texture of the sauce was creamy, the topping crunchy, and an appealing presentation. I did not like the garlic flavor however, and even reduced the garlic salt to 1/2 tsp. I would prefer a lemon and subtle nutmeg flavor in the sauce. Can you recommend an amount and method of adding lemon and nutmeg to the sauce to substitute for the garlic salt. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 31, 2020

      Thank you for sharing your review. I haven’t tried with nutmeg but that sounds great.

      Reply

  • Laurie Silva
    March 11, 2020

    This looks amazing, I’m going to be making it this weekend for a family dinner and I have no doubt that all will love it.

    Thank you for taking the time to do the videos and bring us wonderfully tasty recipes. We do appreciate it.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2020

      You’re welcome, Laurie! I hope you love this recipe! We look forward to your feedback!

      Reply

  • Mariana Nikolayenko
    March 11, 2020

    Wow this was amazing! We dont do a lot of asparagus and omg! My family couldn’t get enough! Thanks for this delicious recipe

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 11, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Mariana!

      Reply

  • Sarah
    February 8, 2020

    WOW! This was amazing alongside your chicken fritters. The panko breadcrumbs make it extra delicious! We will be making this again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2020

      What a great review Sarah. I am so glad that you loved my recipes!

      Reply

  • Beverly Hogle
    December 20, 2019

    Looks and sounds Fabulous!!
    I would love to make this for Christmas, but wondering how it would do reheating. We have over an hour drive and whatever I take I will need to reheated.
    Merry Christmas!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2019

      Hi Beverly, we have enjoyed this fresh only and haven’t tested reheating that. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

    • LK
      December 21, 2019

      Looks like it cooks in about 20 minutes. Maybe you can cook it in oven when you arrive

      Reply

  • Valerie Lou Morris
    November 28, 2019

    I loved the asparagus casserole. Easy and tasty. Served it at Thanksgiving day dinner.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 28, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with me. I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  • Chris
    November 24, 2019

    Can you cut up the asparagus into smaller pieces instead of the whole strand? I figured it might be good for thanksgiving so everyone can take a little bit if they want to try it.

    Reply

  • Tracey Gottfried
    November 9, 2019

    Hi can I use just whole milk. Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2019

      Hi Tracey, I haven’t tried with only whole milk so I can’t say for sure, but I suspect you will have best results with something that has a little more fat (half and half or equal parts heavy cream and milk)

      Reply

  • Diana
    October 30, 2019

    I made this last night! It was good, but I should’ve used the ‘garlic salt’ as listed instead of powdered garlic. I was trying to avoid too much salt as I am more of a ‘pepper’ person. However, it really does need the little bit of salt to it. I will definitely be making this again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 31, 2019

      Yes! We love it with the garlic salt. Thank you for sharing that with us, Diana!

      Reply

  • Linda
    October 25, 2019

    Natasha thanks for another great recipe will make this more often. Wishing you and your family a Happy holiday season

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 25, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Linda!!

      Reply

  • Veneble D Bullock
    June 23, 2019

    Made it, sauce did not come out as directed. Threw it out. Remade using Alfredo Sauce and Panko. Tasted GREAT. Why make the sauce and make it complicated.

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    • Natasha
      June 24, 2019

      Hi, You can absolutely use your favorite store-bought alfredo sauce to make it even easier. Without being there or having more information, it’s difficult to troubleshoot. I guess, I would suggest making it per the recipe without substituting any ingredients.

      Reply

      • Roni Ebat
        December 2, 2019

        It was ok. I thought the sauce needed more flavor. Maybe fresh garlic and more salt.

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 2, 2019

          Thank you for that feedback, Roni!

          Reply

  • Jane Goldstein
    May 21, 2019

    I pray that I am doing this right. I am new to the iPAD. I loved your Asparagus Alfredo recipe. How inventive. Ok I’m going to put my name and email and hope that I can see more recipes.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

      Thank you so much for subscribing!

      Reply

    • Jane Goldstein
      May 21, 2019

      Its Jane, again, I can’t wait for new recipes, Ive seen some others, they
      Are absolutely fabulous. Thank goodness I at least know how to type. I haven’t got a clue how to join the service, but I will be looking for recipes whenever you feel so inclined. Thank you. Jane

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 21, 2019

        I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes, Jane!

        Reply

        • Tiana
          November 24, 2020

          Hi Natasha! Can I make It in aluminum dish instead ? I found it’s a bit bigger than 9×13 and I’m looking to cook it for a 14 + people, I just really don’t want to screw it as a side dish for a Thanksgiving, it look so delicious ❤️Thank you

          Reply

          • Natasha
            November 25, 2020

            Hi Tiana, that should work, but when using a larger pan, I would make sure the asparagus is well covered in sauce. You could also lightly season the asparagus with salt and pepper before pouring on the sauce.

    • Ana Maria Raposo-Silva
      November 15, 2019

      Hi! I love your recipes! Question: I want to make this for Thanksgiving, but the other items that will need to be in the oven at the same time as this dish need to be cooked at 350 degrees instead of 400. Do you have any suggestions how to possibly cook this at a slightly lower temperature? Thanks in advance! Happy Holidays!

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 15, 2019

        Hi Ana Maria, that should work, it will take longer with other items in the oven however at the lower temp. I hope it goes well!

        Reply

  • Inventive
    May 21, 2019

    Oh My, I hope that I have done this right. I am new to an iPAD. I loved your Asparagus Alfredo Recipe. How

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Tommy
    April 17, 2019

    do you think this would turn out fine if I made it a day ahead of time, refridge’d, then popped in oven?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 17, 2019

      Hi Tommy, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

  • Bill Eldridge
    April 7, 2019

    We’re cooking for a dozen or so for Masters weekend and I want this on the table. I test drove a half recipe to get the feel for it before doubling it on the day of, and have a couple of questions. I thought the sauce was totally killer before it ever went on the asparagus and actually seemed to degrade a bit or curdle in the cooking. Also the uncovered ends just tasted like plain asparagus with no seasoning. I’m wondering whether first tossing the asparagus with EVOO and kosher salt and par cooking in the microwave for a minute two wouldn’t benefit all concerned: the sauce wouldn’t breakdown and all the asparagus would be seasoned…whatdaya think? Also might make it easier to get to the table on “the day” since we’ll be oven challenged. 🙁
    Enjoying your stuff…
    Bill

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    • Natasha
      April 8, 2019

      Hi Bill, I haven’t had any issues with separating in the sauce – I wonder if maybe an ingredient substitution or change in the process might be the culprit? Also, if you continue cooking the sauce after adding the cheese, it can curdle as with most alfredo sauces. You can toss with salt and pepper and oil initially if you prefer – no harm in doing that.

      Reply

      • Bill
        April 8, 2019

        I appreciate that. Definitely not from substitution, but I may have added the cheese while still on the heat and left it a minute. I’ll have it right by Saturday for sure!

        Reply

  • Kacey
    April 5, 2019

    Hі there, I log on to you blog liқe every wеek.
    Your humoristic style is witty, keep іt up!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

      Reply

  • Rex Hutcheson
    April 5, 2019

    Rich, but a great taste as well as presentation.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Rex! Thank you for sharing your awesome review with me!

      Reply

  • Janet Lee
    March 22, 2019

    Can you tell me where you got that handled casserole dish? I’ve been looking for one like that. Can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 24, 2019

      Hi Janet, thank you! I purchased the casserole dish at my local Fred Meyer. I believe it was about $20 and it has held up really well. My local Fred Meyer still carries it in Idaho but I haven’t been able to find the same one online.

      Reply

  • Iv
    March 20, 2019

    Ca you use mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2019

      Hi Iv, we love it with parmesan and the flavor profile. I haven’t tested that with mozzarella but that should work!

      Reply

    • Julie Climer
      March 24, 2019

      Iv
      Yes it does!

      Reply

  • Tess
    March 16, 2019

    OMG this looks and sounds delicious! I really look forward to spring when asparagus is readily available and on sale! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe; will be trying soon. 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      I hope you love it, Tess! Thank you for watching!

      Reply

  • Thomas Smith
    March 16, 2019

    Oh my Goodness! This is great! Thank you! Brewster, NY

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Mom's Dish
    March 16, 2019

    Natasha, I love the sauce in this recipe. Asparagus is a staple in our home, I need to try this one.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2019

      I hope you love it!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂

      Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    March 15, 2019

    I love this recipe! It’s a great side dish for many meals.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Val
    March 15, 2019

    Absolutely delicious!! The Alfredo sauce gives so much flavor to the asparagus casserole. Huge hit.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review!

      Reply

  • Kp
    March 15, 2019

    Just bought asparagus today! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Looks delicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      I hope you love it and look forward to your feedback!

      Reply

  • Suzy
    March 15, 2019

    Love that I have a new way to prepare asparagus!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Sommer
    March 15, 2019

    This will definitely be on my Easter day menu!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      That’s so great! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Steph
    March 15, 2019

    I love baked asparagus! Love the addition of Parmesan cheese, it looks so delicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Jamielyn Nye
    March 15, 2019

    This is one of my favorite side dishes! So flavorful!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Jamielyn! :).

      Reply

  • Anka
    March 15, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe.
    Believe it or not, I already checked in this morning to see if you posted new video or not…
    Definitely will try this recipe soon.

    Why you don’t prep sauce in the gorgeous new stove for your videos, but on electric heater??? You have such a beautiful stove to use for your videos…

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      You’re so welcome, Anka! Thank you for watching this video & I hope you love it!

      Reply

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