This vegetable side dish combines mushrooms with crisp-tender asparagus. The cooked vegetables are topped with a creamy sauce made from sherry and reduced-fat cream cheese and further flavored with Parmesan and fresh thyme.
Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Cut spears into 2-inch pieces. Cook asparagus in the boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Drain asparagus. Plunge asparagus into the ice water; let stand until cooled. Remove asparagus; pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until softened. Stir in broth, sherry and cream cheese; bring to boiling. Add mushrooms; cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are softened and sauce thickens slightly. Stir in Parmesan cheese and thyme. Add the cooked asparagus; heat through, stirring to coat.