Freshly trimmed asparagus gets microwave-cooked until crisp-tender and then topped with a citrusy sauce made from broth, cream cheese and lime zest.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
2 lb. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
1 Tbsp. water
1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1 tsp. lime zest
1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
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Let's Make It
Microwave asparagus and water in covered microwaveable dish on HIGH 4 to 5 min. or until asparagus is crisp-tender.
Meanwhile, heat broth in small saucepan. Add cream cheese spread; cook and stir until cream cheese is completely melted and sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in zest and seasonings.
Drain asparagus. Serve topped with sauce.
For a simple and elegant presentation, divide cooked asparagus spears into 6 bundles. Tie each with a steamed green onion. Divide sauce onto 6 plates, then top each with an asparagus bundle.
Trimming Fresh Asparagus
Asparagus spears snap off naturally where they are tough. Simply bend the spear near the bottom end and it will break off at the right point. Or, remove an inch or so of the "woody" portion off the bottom of the stalks with a sharp knife.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.