Asparagus With Cheese Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Quick and easy to make in the microwave. The sauce is absolutely luscious over the crisp spears.


  1. In a large micro-wave safe glass bowl, heat butter about 50 seconds on high, or until melted.
  2. Whisk in the 2 tablespoons of flour and 1 cup of heated milk.
  3. Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Place in microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes, pausing to whisk thoroughly every 30 seconds.
  5. Season to taste with salt and whisk again.
  6. Set cheese sauce aside.
  7. Bend asparagus until they break at a natural point; discard ends.
  8. Place asparagus spears in a microwavable glass covered dish, with half the spears going one way, and half the spears going the other way.
  9. Add 1/4 cup water to the dish.
  10. Cook, covered, for 6-7 minutes on high, pausing to turn dish every 2 minutes and checking asparagus for doneness.
  11. Reheat sauce for 1 minute on high before adding to asparagus, if necessary (you may not need all the sauce).
Most Helpful

A flavorful sauce (I used cheedar-jack cheese), but I didn't like the slightly grainy texture from the roux. I think I would rather use cornstarch stirred into cool milk, and just make it on the stovetop next time and get that silkier texture. I did not have any problems with thickening like another reviewer commented on. When I stirred in the hot milk, it thickened beautifully and immediately.
I added a touch of garlic powder and freshly cracked pepper. Was very tasty!

Weewah October 01, 2011

I didn't make the sauce, just the asparagus (though the sauce does sound good!) I used a pyrex loaf pan, and found the asparagus was crisp tender in 4.5 minutes. :-) TFS!

Random Rachel March 23, 2009

This was so easy to make. Very tasty. And I loved the fact that there was extra cheese sauce. We drizzled it over our baked potatoes. I will be making this again. Thanks for such an easy and wonderful recipe.

barefootmommawv February 16, 2008