White Sauce to Dress Asparagus

asparagus with white sauce

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
402 Calories
25g Fat
27g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 402
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 981mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 18g
Calcium 230mg 18%
*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 sauce is not exactly light, but it is just right for a splurge. A white sauce is infused with bacon and onion flavors, served velvety smooth. Good for vegetables such as asparagus and Brussels sprouts.


  • 1 shallot
  • 4 ounces German Speck bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garnish: Bacon (cooked, crumbled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Mince the shallot at chop the bacon into small dice. Melt butter in a pan and saute shallot and bacon until glassy. Remove drippings down to 2 to 3 tablespoons.

  2. Sprinkle flour over the onions and bacon. Stir and cook for one minute. Add the milk and cream, stirring to mix. Keep stirring and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Pass the sauce through a sieve. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

  4. Serve warm over vegetables with crisp, crumbled bacon as a garnish.

For more on how to cook white asparagus, or "Spargel," check out our instructions.

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