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Creamy Asparagus Casserole

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 Like most people, I grew up with a few holiday dishes that were “must haves” for holiday meals. As I’ve grown and started to host holiday meals at my house, I’ve had a lot of fun mixing up traditional family recipes with new dishes, such as this Creamy Asparagus Casserole!

My inspiration for this Asparagus Casserole was traditional Green Bean Casserole. Green Bean Casserole is a polarizing dish, but it’s one that my family has always loved and enjoyed for holidays. Also, I drew a bit of inspiration from the “fancy” roasted asparagus I typically make with steak. When I make roasted asparagus, I top it with hollandaise sauce, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Yum! 

Creamy Asparagus Casserole

Asparagus feels like an elevated alternative to green bean casserole, offering a bit more flavor and texture. But this casserole is still creamy, comforting, and delicious! It’s the perfect side dish for your holiday dinners this year. Something a bit exciting, but still cozy and reminiscent of a holiday classic.

Creamy Asparagus Casserole

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Creamy Asparagus Casserole

I topped this delicious, creamy casserole with fried onions, a nod to green bean casserole, but you could also choose to top this with Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. Either choice is wonderful!

Creamy Asparagus Casserole

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Creamy Asparagus Casserole

Creamy Asparagus Casserole

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds asparagus, cut into 1.5-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup KRAFT Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 slices OSCAR MAYER Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup fried onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease a 2.5-quart casserole dish.
  3. Arrange asparagus in the bottom of the dish; squeeze lemon juice on top and toss to evenly coat the asparagus.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Once melted, add flour and stir vigorously to form a paste.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add cream cheese and milk. Melt the cream cheese, stirring often to prevent the mixture from burning on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, bacon, and black pepper. Stir for 2–3 minutes on low heat, bringing to a gentle simmer until the sauce starts to thicken.
  7. Pour cheese sauce over asparagus, top with fried onions.
  8. Bake for 15–18 minutes, or until asparagus reaches desired level of doneness.

If you love this Creamy Asparagus Casserole recipe, I think you'll also enjoy my Sesame Sautéed Asparagus or my Caramelized Onion and Bacon Mashed Potatoes.

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