Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Canned Asparagus From The Oven

Several of you have commented and emailed about the asparagus casserole I mentioned in my post on Thanksgiving Day. I am more than happy to share the recipe, but you really need to understand something from the get-go: aside from the fact that there’s a green vegetable involved, there’s absolutely nothing healthy about this dish.

Unless you’re on some sort of high-fat eating plan.

And if that’s the case, well, quite frankly, I applaud you.

And while I guess you could certainly steam some fresh asparagus and then make this casserole, I think that doing so would probably eliminate some of the critical additives and preservatives that you find in canned asparagus.

So canned asparagus it is!

My aunt C. has made this casserole for family dinners as long as I can remember, and it is absolutely one of my favorites. I don’t know exactly what makes it so tasty, but I have a feeling that it’s probably all the butter and cheese.

Because those two ingredients have never, ever let me down. Oh no ma’am they haven’t.

BooMamaAunt Asparagus Casserole

2 cans asparagus spears , drained, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid (I prefer Del Monte brand asparagus – the long spears, not the chopped ones. You do NOT want to go with a generic brand on your asparagus. Trust me.)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
¼ cup half and half or whole milk
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
2 cups cheddar cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5 or 6 small pieces
1 small container French fried onions (or you can use cracker crumbs)

Preheat oven to 350. Place asparagus spears in the bottom of a lightly greased casserole dish. Layer egg slices on top of asparagus.

In a separate bowl, mix together cream of mushroom soup, reserved liquid and half and half. Pour on top of asparagus and eggs.

Top with cheese and then pats of butter (I KNOW!). Bake for 25 minutes, then add French fried onions and bake for 10 more minutes.

Serve with steak, pork or chicken. Watch fat settle in thigh area. Then refuse to care. Because OH, it is delicious.


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  1. Oh my heavens… when I saw Canned Asparagus — I gagged… then I read, You do NOT want to go with a generic brand on your asparagus. Trust me. Ohhh… OK — so I kept on reading. This DOES sound delish!! Yum…

    THANKS for sharing!!

  2. Sounds fantastic. I adore asparagus. I’m so glad to find something else to add to my high fat diet. I was totally running out of options.



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  4. I love Asparagus but I’m still not sure about the cooked in the oven part. I love mine steamed to Al Dente with Butter and spices all over it.

    However, I may have to give it a go.

  5. I’ve never really been a fan of asparagus but this actually sounds very tasty! I might have to just give it a try some day!

    I wish we could sample it here first so we knew if we liked it ;o)

  6. I love asparagus, but this sounds way better…because we all know butta makes everything betta!

    come see your little shout out!

  7. Watch fat settle in thigh area.

    You give a whole new meaning to wearing your food.

  8. My late husband’s family serves this and I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. I was mortified and it didn’t help that they call it the “ugly dish”…but it is oh so delicious and has become a favorite of mine. So much a favorite that I can’t go all year long without it!

  9. I have this very recipe. It is awesome, a perfectly wonderful way to take any possible health benefits from the asparagus! Ha!

  10. My husband prefers canned vegetables and fruits to real stuff. Canned peaches and cottage cheese one of his family’s favorites.

    This is a casserole that would make his mama proud….

  11. Ahhh, a southern tradition and Smith family favorite (That would be Holly and Chris’ family, not Chris)! I laughed so hard with this: “the critical additives and preservatives.” So very true!

  12. That makes me so hungry…fixing it tonight!

  13. This sounds worth the calories – thanks!

  14. you are like a rock star…
    you know, what i love about you is your humility, your tenderness, your kindness

  15. one can just about put anything under cream of mushroom, butter and french fried onions and it will taste great! my hubby does not like it with green beans but he loves asparagus- he might like this!!??

  16. I do not like asparagus, but the cheese, butter, half and half, and French fried onions might just make it palatable.

  17. I tried this tonight and it was totally gorgeous. I even had seconds (ok I had thirds too but thats secret).
    I usually eat asparagus cooked on the griddle then with either a load of melted butter (I know) or wrapped in parma ham and squeezed lemon.

  18. We have a very similar casserole in our family, except that it also has canned English peas in it. It is a must at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

  19. Oh man that sounds delicious. I think I just heard an artery pop in excitement.

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  21. Have you had that casserole with chicken and asparagus with the crust on top? Oh my heavens!
    You inspired me, I might have to make that.
    Not sure the kids would go for it, though.

  22. All I can say is yum.

  23. I’m just trying to imagine asparagas actually being good. However, I was pleasantly surprised by oven roasted brussel sprouts last summer (So was anyone within 10 feet of me for next 36 hours…) so maybe I should give it a try.

  24. I do like asparagus, this sounds pretty good.

  25. Sounds yummy!!! From my 12 years or so living in the south (South and North Carolina) I do remember that you are Belles are the QUEENS of GREAT casseroles!!! (And No one north of the M-D line makes banana puddin’ like you southern gals!!!!)

  26. I never did like that dish. I always thought it was greasy and the asparagus was slimy. Whewwwwwwwwwwww…No thank ya

  27. Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!