Yield
12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Arrange asparagus in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

Step 2

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually add milk; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese and salt, and pour over asparagus.

Step 3

Stir together remaining 1/4 cup cheese, breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and paprika; sprinkle evenly over casserole.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Step 5

*3 pounds fresh asparagus may be substituted. Snap off tough ends; remove scales with a vegetable peeler, if desired. Cook in boiling water to cover 3 minutes, drain.

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