Easy Asparagus Gratin With Walnuts

asparagus with walnuts au gratin
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
769 Calories
54g Fat
53g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 769
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 70%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 776mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 23g
Calcium 560mg 43%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This asparagus au gratin recipe is made with cheese, asparagus, walnuts, and cracker crumbs.

The casserole makes a fabulous side dish, and it's very easy to prepare and bake. The chopped walnuts make the cracker crumb mixture crunchy and flavorful.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups cooked chopped asparagus

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Butter a 1 1/2-quart casserole.

  3. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter; stir in salt and flour. If desired, add 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

  4. Cook the flour mixture for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  5. Gradually add the milk while stirring.

  6. Add shredded cheese and cook, stirring, until thickened.

  7. Remove the sauce from the heat.

  8. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.

  9. Combine cracker crumbs with the melted butter and chopped walnuts; toss to blend. Reserve a few tablespoons for topping.

  10. In the prepared casserole dish, place a layer of asparagus, a layer of cracker and walnut mixture, then a layer of sauce.

  11. Repeat the layers, ending with the reserved crumbs.

  12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is nicely browned.