Asparagus With Cream Sauce

Asparagus With Cream sauce and ham
Diana Rattray
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
65 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 286mg 6%
*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.)

Asparagus with cream sauce is a delicious vegetable choice that takes very few minutes to be ready and makes a filling side to any main dish you might be serving. It can also be an appetizer in itself served with a few slices of warm crusty bread. The two main parts of the dish as asparagus quickly boiled to crispy texture and a roux-based creamy sauce of Dijon, half-and-half, and chicken broth. Optional additions of diced ham or hard-boiled eggs transform the asparagus from side dish to appetizer—skip the ham for a vegetarian option. If you run out of ideas on what to make for your dinner vegetable, these creamy asparagus are simply delicious and ready in just 20 minutes.

Asparagus is a springtime vegetable grown in certain areas of the United States but also imported from other countries like Peru and China, which makes it more or less available throughout the year. Nonetheless, the best and biggest asparagus are available when it's in season in the Northern Hemisphere. Green or white, these tasty spears are versatile ingredients, as they can be roasted, baked, boiled, or sauteed in addition to being cooked longer with vegetable or chicken stock and then pureed into soup.

The key to making delicious asparagus lies in trimming them adequately and cooking them to just crispy, as soggy and overcooked asparagus are bland and mushy. To trim your asparagus simply bed the spear and let it naturally snap. (The bottom you can rinse and add to broths or soups for flavor, but it's too fibrous and chewy to eat.) The resulting spears can be grilled, boiled, or steamed, but remember that with asparagus, less cooking time equals more flavor and texture. For a fancy touch, add the creamy sauce and place the asparagus under the broiler just until the sauce caramelizes a little.


For the Asparagus:

  • 2 pounds asparagus spears

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup cooked diced ham, optional

  • Hard-boiled eggs, optional

Steps to Make It

Cook the Asparagus

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Snap off tough ends of the asparagus.

  3. Cook the asparagus, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.

  4. Arrange asparagus spears in a serving dish and keep warm. 

Make the Cream Sauce

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth.

  2. Gradually stir in chicken broth and half-and-half. Add the ham, if using. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly, about one minute.

  3. Whisk in mustard, lemon juice, and pepper. 

  4. If using, arrange slices of hard-boiled eggs over the asparagus.

  5. Spoon the sauce over asparagus. Serve immediately.

  6. Enjoy!