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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

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Asparagus Casserole

5 from 7 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
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*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 827mg 34%
Potassium 330mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 26.5%
Vitamin C 8.4%
Calcium 23.8%
Iron 16%
* 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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