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Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole

Asparagus, the star of this Pioneer Woman recipe for Asparagus Casserole, is one of the first and happiest harbingers of spring, but the dish’s creamy sauce and crispy top are perfect for cold weather.

This casserole, like the green bean casserole from which it was adapted and the vast majority of these healthy casseroles, is made entirely from scratch without the use of cream of mushroom soup and with simple, easily accessible ingredients.

Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole Ingredients

  • Asparagus: This low-cal vegetable is the show-stopper in our casserole. Together with the mushrooms and the cheesy breadcrumb topping, it’s a match made in heaven. Asparagus also has a lot of vitamins, fiber, and folate.
  • Mushrooms: The earthy, umami flavor that mushrooms add to the casserole. They’re a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Milk: In place of the heavier cream, 2% milk gives the casserole just the right amount of richness.
  • Flour: Aids in thickening the casserole filling and elevating its overall richness.
  • Spices: Nutmeg, dried basil, salt, and pepper elevate the casserole to gourmet status.
  • The Greek Yogurt: One of my go-to healthy tricks is to use Greek yogurt as a thickener in casseroles. It has a velvety texture, a tangy flavor, and is loaded with protein.
  • Fresh Basil: Basil is a fantastic final ingredient because of the wonderful brightness it brings to the dish.
  • Crispy Panko Topping: Our crunchy casserole topping is made with whole wheat panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, lemon zest, and melted butter. It has the right amount of flavor and cheese.
Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole

Best Asparagus Casserole Toppings

When I think of a casserole topping, I immediately think of crunchy panko breadcrumbs. I have compiled a list of possible garnishes for your asparagus casserole:

  • Fried Onions. Asparagus casserole would benefit greatly from being topped with French-fried onions, which are a traditional and delicious addition to any casserole.
  • Bacon. An unrivaled hit with the masses! Chopped Oven Baked Bacon is the perfect topping for your casserole.
  • Nuts. Use chopped nuts as a garnish for your casserole for a satisfying crunch. It would be delicious with walnuts or pine nuts.

How To Make Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole?

  • Preheat your oven to broil with a rack in the upper third position. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe baking dish lightly with nonstick spray.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko, Parmesan, and lemon zest. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, pour over the top and stir to moisten. Place aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large, wide saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Combine the asparagus, onion, and mushrooms in a mixing bowl. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, or until the onion is soft and golden and the mushrooms have browned and released their liquid.
  • Sprinkle the flour on top. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1–2 minutes more, or until all of the flour has turned golden and no white bits remain.
  • Slowly drizzle in the milk, a few splashes at a time, stirring between additions to prevent lumps from forming. Turn the heat up to medium-high.
  • Combine the salt, pepper, dried basil, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Allow the sauce to bubble while cooking and stirring, running a wooden spoon or rubber spatula along the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens to resemble a creamy gravy. In the end, run the spoon or spatula along the bottom very frequently to ensure that your sauce isn’t sticking.
  • Take the sauce off the heat. Combine the Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and fresh basil in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread the mixture into an even layer in the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Transfer to the oven and broil for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on your broiler, until the casserole is bubbling and beginning to brown on top. Allow standing for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.

What To Serve With Asparagus Casserole?

For more serving suggestions, check What To Serve With Asparagus Casserole.

Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole
Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole

How To Store Asparagus Casserole?

  • To Store. You can keep your Asparagus Casserole in the fridge for up to 4 days if you use an airtight container.
  • To Reheat. Asparagus Casserole can be gently reheated in the microwave or oven at 350 degrees F.
  • To Freeze. Refrigerate any leftover Asparagus Casserole within 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months. Refrigerate overnight to defrost, then reheat as desired.

Can I Make This Asparagus Casserole In Advance?

Yes, prepare this Pioneer Woman recipe for Asparagus Casserole through Step 6 and refrigerate for up to 1 day in advance; alternatively, use a freezer-safe baking dish and freeze for up to 1 month. Refrigerate and cover tightly (or freeze).

Bring to room temperature before baking (if the dish is in the freezer, place it in the refrigerator the night before to thaw). Spread the breadcrumb mixture on top and bake as directed.

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Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 224.6
  • Total Fat 15.2g
  • Saturated Fat 3.8g
  • Cholesterol 6mg
  • Sodium 606mg
  • Potassium 215.1mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14.4g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2g
  • Sugars 2.2g
  • Protein 7.9g
  • Vitamin A 16.1%
  • Vitamin C 13.1%
  • Calcium 15.3%
  • Iron 8.4%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Pioneer Woman Asparagus Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 35 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:10 servingsCalories:224.6 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

Asparagus, the star of this Pioneer Woman recipe for Asparagus Casserole, is one of the first and happiest harbingers of spring, but the dish’s creamy sauce and crispy top are perfect for cold weather.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to broil with a rack in the upper third position. Coat a 2-quart broiler-safe baking dish lightly with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the panko, Parmesan, and lemon zest. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, pour over the top and stir to moisten. Place aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, wide saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Combine the asparagus, onion, and mushrooms in a mixing bowl.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, or until the onion is soft and golden and the mushrooms have browned and released their liquid.
  5. Sprinkle the flour on top. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1–2 minutes more, or until all of the flour has turned golden and no white bits remain.
  6. Slowly drizzle in the milk, a few splashes at a time, stirring between additions to prevent lumps from forming. Turn the heat up to medium-high.
  7. Combine the salt, pepper, dried basil, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Allow the sauce to bubble while cooking and stirring, running a wooden spoon or rubber spatula along the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens to resemble a creamy gravy. In the end, run the spoon or spatula along the bottom very frequently to ensure that your sauce isn’t sticking.
  9. Take the sauce off the heat. Combine the Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and fresh basil in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Spread the mixture into an even layer in the prepared baking dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.
  12. Transfer to the oven and broil for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on your broiler, until the casserole is bubbling and beginning to brown on top. Allow standing for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil if desired.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 10


Amount Per Serving
Calories 224.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15.2g24%
Saturated Fat 3.8g19%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 215.1mg7%
Total Carbohydrate 14.4g5%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugars 2.2g
Protein 7.9g16%

Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 13.1%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 8.4%

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