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Cheesy Asparagus Bake {No Fail!}

Even non-asparagus fans will LOVE this recipe for no fail, roasted asparagus cheese bake! It’s a snap to make, 5 minute prep, 20 minutes in the oven — perfect cheesy asparagus every time!

A no fail, easy asparagus cheese bake recipe, that yields perfect results every time. Plus it’s a fabulous low carb side dish recipe and naturally gluten free! Woot!

I am in love with simple easy, vegetable side dishes, like these tender buttery Tarragon Carrots, Roasted Balsamic Honey Brussels, or a hit for every holiday, Best Potatoes Gratin.

corner shot of cheesy baked asparagus with melted cheese in a casserole dish

HOW TO PICK THE BEST ASPARAGUS

Whether you find thick or thin asparagus, it’s not the size that matters; thick asparagus is just more mature than the thin variety, not necessarily better tasting.

Look for bright green or violet-tinged spears with firm (not limp) stems. Make sure the tips are closed and compact. When the bunch is squeezed, it should squeak a bit.

HOW TO PREPARE ASPARAGUS FOR COOKING

This tall, skinny, green stalk-y vegetable can make many break out into a cold sweat. I was in that camp also for the longest time, until I realized how best to prepare asparagus by following these simple steps.

  • Rinse well and pat dry, since asparagus is harvested from the ground it can be pretty dirty.
  • TRIMMING | Hold the asparagus stalk from the end and gently but firmly bend the top until it “snaps” off, this will remove the woody end and leave only the tender portion, if even ends are desired, do this with the first one, then line up the rest of the bunch and use a knife to trim to the same length.
  • Peel the skin | Peeling reveals the more tender portion of the asparagus, removing the stringy outside, using a peeler, hold it flat and gently peel off the outer skin. Personally, I have never done this on my asparagus.
Cheesy Asparagus Bake ingredients. L-R gruyere cheese, trimmed asparagus, heavy cream, gruyere cheese, mozzarella and minced garlic

Ingredients For Cheesy Garlic Roasted Asparagus

  • 2 lbs asparagus stalks, trimmed
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Red Pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)
  • Crispy bacon or Crispy fried onions for garnish (optional)
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper to taste (I added just a touch)
Process shots for cheesy asparagus bake. 1. trimmed asparagus with chopped garlic. 2. pouring heavy cream 3. adding shredded cheese. 4. add cheese with sprinkles of red pepper flakes

READY, SET, ROAST!

The dish used in the pictures is one of my favorites, I bought it from a friend, they are a bit pricey, but is beautiful, light, even-cooking baking dish!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash, pat dry and trim asparagus and place in a lightly sprayed 9×13 inch baking dish or casserole (may also be placed on a greased sheet pan).Sprinkle with minced garlic.
  2. Pour heavy cream over the asparagus.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan, mozzarella and gruyere cheeses.
  4. Add some red pepper flakes if used, a tiny bit of salt or pepper.
  5. Sprinkle crispy bacon pieces or crispy fried onions.
  6. Bake until cheese is golden and melty and asparagus is tender, start checking about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
cheesy asparagus bake in Dansk casserole dish

WHAT DOES ASPARAGUS PAIR WELL WITH?

Glad you asked, in my opinion asparagus goes well with just about anything you decide to make it with, however; here are some suggestions:

  • Salmon or fish of any kind, it’s a wonderful compliment.
  • Special Occasions | Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day – it is delicious with turkey, ham or beef.

finished cheesy asparagus bake ready for serving in white casserole dish.

CAN I MAKE CHEESY ASPARAGUS BAKE AHEAD OF TIME?

This is one dish I do not recommend you baking ahead of time and reheat. Asparagus is tender you won’t want it to become tough. My suggestions are:

  • Wash, trim and dry your asparagus and if room in your fridge, lay out in a layer in the pan.
  • Mince the garlic, cover and set aside.
  • Shred all of your cheeses and place in separate containers with asparagus.
  • Pre-measure the cream, set aside in fridge.
  • Then once you are ready, it literally takes less than two minutes to assemble!
Simple prep ahead for Cheesy Baked Asparagus

CAN I FREEZE ASPARAGUS CHEESE BAKE?

You can freeze fresh asparagus, however; I do not recommend you freeze the pre-made or finished baked asparagus. The cheese and cream will separate, causing a curdled appearance. Won’t hurt you, just won’t look pretty.

To freeze asparagus, trim, wash and dry stalks. Place in freezer baggie or airtight container, freezing in one layer.

Or line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and lay the veggies in a row, flash freeze until firm, then transfer to an airtight container or baggie.

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corner shot of cheesy baked asparagus with melted cheese in a casserole dish
Yield: 6-8 Servings

Cheesy Asparagus Bake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Even non-asparagus fans will LOVE this recipe for roasted asparagus cheese bake! It's a snap to make, 5 minute prep, 20 minutes in the oven -- perfect cheesy asparagus every single time!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus stalks, trimmed
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ cup gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • Red Pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)
  • Crispy bacon or Crispy fried onions for garnish (optional)
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash, pat dry and trim asparagus and place in a lightly sprayed 9x13 inch baking dish or casserole (may also be placed on a greased sheet pan).Sprinkle with minced garlic.
  2. Pour heavy cream over the asparagus.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan, mozzarella and gruyere cheeses.
  4. Add some red pepper flakes if used, or sprinkle crispy bacon pieces or crispy fried onions.
  5. Bake until cheese is golden and melty and asparagus is tender, start checking about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

This is one dish I do not recommend you baking ahead of time and reheat. Asparagus is tender you won't want it to become tough. My suggestions are:

Wash, trim and dry your asparagus and if room in your fridge, lay out in a layer in the pan.

  • Mince the garlic, cover and set aside.
  • Shred all of your cheeses and place in separate containers with asparagus.
  • Pre-measure the cream, set aside in fridge.
  • Then once you are ready, it literally takes less than two minutes to assemble


FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS

You can freeze fresh asparagus, however; I do not recommend you freeze the pre-made or finished baked asparagus. The cheese and cream will separate, causing a curdled appearance. Won't hurt you, just won't look pretty.

To freeze asparagus, trim, wash and dry stalks. Place in freezer baggie or airtight container, freezing in one layer.

Or line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and lay the veggies in a row, flash freeze until firm, then transfer to an airtight container or baggie.

How to Prepare Asparagus for Cooking

  • Rinse well and pat dry, since asparagus is harvested from the ground it can be pretty dirty.
  • TRIMMING | Hold the asparagus stalk from the end and gently but firmly bend the top until it "snaps" off, this will remove the woody end and leave only the tender portion, if even ends are desired, do this with the first one, then line up the rest of the bunch and use a knife to trim to the same length.
  • Peel the skin | Peeling reveals the more tender portion of the asparagus, removing the stringy outside, using a peeler, hold it flat and gently peel off the outer skin. Personally I have never done this on my asparagus.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Christie

Saturday 14th of November 2020

My husband would DEVOUR this. I might have to sneak and make it for his birthday this year.

Kathleen

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Delicious anytime of year, not just the holidays! Hope he loves it!

Kate

Thursday 12th of November 2020

We like asparagus - but we'd LOVE this version!

Kathleen

Friday 13th of November 2020

Thanks so much Kate! So glad you loved it!

Jessica Formicola

Monday 9th of November 2020

This is the perfect asparagus! Soooo cheesy and perfect for any occasion!

Kathleen

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Thank you Jessica!

Sandra Shaffer

Sunday 8th of November 2020

This is the way to serve asparagus! Mine were thin, but worked out great. Easy to cut up and still look presentable. This is a keeper.

Kathleen

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Love hearing that Sandra! So glad you loved it!

Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Asparagus is always high on my favorite list for vegetables!! Then you pair it with all that amazing cheese!!!! Heaven, my friend!!

Kathleen

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Right! I can eat anything smothered in cheese! But I do love asparagus!

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