Asparagus Casserole


This asparagus casserole features tender crisp asparagus, a velvety creamy Havarti sauce and fresh lemon and dill flavors. The buttery cracker-almond topping adds a lovely texture and its a fancy side yet quick to prepare. Makes a great side for steaks, roasted chicken, or ham, as well as Easter dinner.

Looking down at an asparagus casserole, topped with almonds, crackers and dill.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • cooking spray

  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour

  • 2 cups half and half

  • 1 cup loosely packed shredded Havarti cheese

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, plus more for garnish

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ½ cup crushed butter crackers (such as Ritz®)

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make asparagus casserole.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Trim asparagus to fit in the baking dish crosswise and place in an even layer into the dish. Set aside.

    Asparagus played in an even layer in a baking dish.

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  3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until shallots are softened, about 3 minutes.

    Shallots cooking in butter until softened.

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  4. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly to incorporate thoroughly, until it smells slightly nutty, about 2 minutes.

    Flour added to saucepan, stirring until it starts to smell nutty.

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  5. Whisk in half and half and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes.

    Half and half whisked in, whisking until thickened.

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  6. Remove from heat and whisk in Havarti cheese, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon salt.

    Havarti cheese, lemon zest and salt added to saucepan once removed from heat.

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  7. Pour sauce evenly over the center of the asparagus in the dish, leaving the tips and ends of asparagus exposed. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

    Sauce poured evenly over asparagus in baking dish.

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  8. Meanwhile, place remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on HIGH until just melted, about 30 seconds. Add crackers, almonds, dill and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to coat mixture evenly in the melted butter.

    Almonds, crackers, dill and salt mixed with melted butter.

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  9. After asparagus has baked for 10 minutes, sprinkle cracker mixture over the center of the asparagus.

    Cracker mixture sprinkled over the center of the asparagus.

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  10. Return to the oven and bake until asparagus is just tender and cracker mixture is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

    Asparagus casserole baked until golden-brown.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

349 Calories
28g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 465mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 286mg 22%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 546mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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