Cheesy Asparagus Recipe with Cheddar, Butter, Salt, Black Pepper, and Paprika

Cheesy Asparagus

Cheesy Asparagus Recipe with Cheddar, Butter, Salt, Black Pepper, and Paprika
Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Cheesy Asparagus
Cheesy Asparagus

Cheesy asparagus is a delicious and easy-to-make side dish that combines the earthy flavor of asparagus with the rich and creamy taste of melted cheese. This recipe is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.


The combination of asparagus and cheese has been a popular dish for centuries. Asparagus has been cultivated for over 2,000 years and was prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans for its unique flavor and health benefits. The addition of cheese to asparagus dishes likely originated in Europe, where cheese was a common ingredient in many recipes.


How to prepare

  1. Cook the asparagus for 15 minutes, then drain and place it in a buttered ovenproof dish.
  2. Sprinkle grated cheese on top, then pour melted butter over it and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Place it under the broiler until the cheese is browned.


  • Try adding cooked bacon or pancetta to the dish for a smoky flavor.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon and add roasted cherry tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese, such as Gouda, Swiss, or blue cheese, for a unique twist on this classic dish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to trim the tough ends of the asparagus before cooking to ensure a tender and flavorful dish.

- To prevent the asparagus from becoming soggy, be sure to cook it until it is just tender, not mushy.

- For a more decadent dish, try using a combination of different cheeses, such as Parmesan, mozzarella, or Gruyere.

Serving Suggestions

Cheesy asparagus pairs well with grilled chicken, steak, or fish. It can also be served alongside a simple green salad or roasted vegetables for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

To cook the asparagus, you can either steam it, roast it in the oven, or sauté it in a pan. Each method will result in a slightly different texture and flavor, so choose the one that best suits your preferences.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have cheddar cheese, you can use any other type of cheese that melts well, such as mozzarella, Swiss, or Gruyere.

- Instead of butter, you can use olive oil or ghee for a slightly different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the asparagus and cheese mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it. This is a great time-saving tip for busy weeknights or dinner parties.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the cheesy asparagus in a decorative serving dish garnished with fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, for a beautiful and elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Cheesy asparagus pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. For a non-alcoholic option, try serving it with sparkling water or a fruity iced tea.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the dish in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 5g

- Dietary Fiber: 2g

- Sugars: 2g


- Total Fat: 15g

- Saturated Fat: 9g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 6g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 20% DV

- Vitamin C: 15% DV

- Calcium: 15% DV

- Iron: 10% DV


Contains dairy (cheese, butter)


Cheesy asparagus is a nutritious side dish that is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and iron. It is a good source of protein and fiber, making it a healthy addition to any meal.


Cheesy asparagus is a simple and delicious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. With its rich and creamy cheese topping, tender asparagus spears, and flavorful seasonings, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Cheesy Asparagus. It was many years ago, during a family gathering at my Aunt Mildred's house. She was known for her culinary skills and always had the most delicious dishes at her dinner table.

On that particular day, as I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the mouth-watering aroma of roasted asparagus and melted cheese. I couldn't resist asking Aunt Mildred for the recipe, and she was more than happy to share it with me.

She explained that the recipe had been passed down from her grandmother, who had learned it from a French chef many years ago. The combination of fresh asparagus and gooey cheese had been a family favorite for generations, and I couldn't wait to try it out for myself.

Aunt Mildred guided me through the steps of preparing the dish, from selecting the freshest asparagus to choosing the perfect cheese for melting. She taught me how to roast the asparagus to perfection, bringing out its natural sweetness and crunch.

As the dish baked in the oven, the cheese melted and bubbled, forming a golden crust on top of the asparagus. The smell was absolutely intoxicating, and I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen.

Over the years, I have made Cheesy Asparagus for countless family gatherings and dinner parties. Each time, it never fails to impress and delight my guests. The recipe has become a symbol of family tradition and culinary expertise, passed down from generation to generation.

I have shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, who have all raved about its deliciousness. It has become a signature dish of mine, one that I am proud to serve to anyone who walks through my door.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and versatility. It can be served as a side dish or a main course, depending on the occasion. The flavors of the roasted asparagus and melted cheese complement each other perfectly, creating a dish that is both comforting and elegant.

I often think back to that day at Aunt Mildred's house, when I first learned the recipe for Cheesy Asparagus. It was a turning point in my culinary journey, inspiring me to explore new flavors and techniques in the kitchen.

As I sit here now, preparing a batch of Cheesy Asparagus for tonight's dinner, I can't help but feel grateful for all the knowledge and inspiration that has been passed down to me over the years. Cooking is not just about following a recipe, but about creating memories and traditions that will last a lifetime.

And so, as I take the dish out of the oven and see the golden crust of cheese glistening on top of the roasted asparagus, I am reminded once again of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting connections. This recipe for Cheesy Asparagus is more than just a dish – it is a symbol of love, family, and tradition that will continue to be cherished for years to come.


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