Prepare this Cheesy Baked Asparagus for a delicious vegetable side dish. Baked asparagus in a thick, velvety cheese coating is a recipe for success!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 10 servings
2 Tbsp. butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend
2 lb. fresh white asparagus spears, trimmed, blanched and cut into 2-1/2-inch lengths
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* Made with quality cheeses crafted in the USA.
Let's Make It
Heat oven to 425º F.
Melt butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk until blended; cook on medium heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Add cheese; cook 1 min. or until melted, stirring constantly.
Add asparagus; mix lightly. Spoon into 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
Bake 15 min. or until heated through and lightly browned.
Blanching Fresh Asparagus
To blanch fresh asparagus, add the spears to a large pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, then immediately plunge the asparagus into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When completely cool, drain and pat dry.
Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme before serving.
Substitute 5 cups blanched small broccoli or cauliflower florets for the cooked asparagus.
Prepare using KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
10 servings, 1/2 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.