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THREE CHEESE ASPARAGUS GRATIN

3/29/2018, 11 a.m.
SERVINGS: 4 / TOTAL TIME: 25 MINS INGREDIENTS • 2 pounds thin asparagus, rinsed with ends cut off • 3 ...

SERVINGS: 4 / TOTAL TIME: 25 MINS

INGREDIENTS

• 2 pounds thin asparagus, rinsed with ends cut off

• 3 cups water

• 2 tablespoons salted butter

• 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

• 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, divided

• 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese

• 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

• Sea Salt to taste

• Garlic Pepper (or regular pepper) to taste

• Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the broiler on your oven. Place the rack on the top rung.

  2. In a large skillet, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Toss in asparagus and cook covered for 4 minutes or until fork tender. Remove asparagus and place on a nonstick baking sheet (or pre-sprayed baking sheet), in a long row. Season with sea salt and garlic pepper to taste. Set aside.

  3. Pour 1 cup asparagus water from the skillet into a measuring cup and discard the rest.

  4. In the same skillet, now empty, heat 2 tablespoons salted butter over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to combine, about 1 minute.

  5. Pour the asparagus water into the skillet and combine using a whisk until a thick sauce forms. About 4 minutes.

  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the parmesan, asiago, and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Stir until creamy and fully melted.

  7. Pour the cheese sauce over the center of the asparagus. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella.

  8. Broil for 4-6 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Watch this step carefully to not overcook.

  9. Garnish with parsley if desired. Serve and enjoy!