• 2 pounds thin asparagus, rinsed with ends cut off
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella, divided
  • ½ cup shredded asiago cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Garlic Pepper (or regular pepper) to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
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  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 ½ cup mozzarella. Stir until creamy and fully melted.
  7. Pour the cheese sauce over the center of the asparagus. Top with the remaining ¼ 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