Prepare your pie crust according to recipe directions or line a pie dish with a store-bought pie crust.
In a large skillet add 3 tablespoons of water, and the cut asparagus. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until the asparagus is bright green and crisp-tender. Drain the water and allow it to cool for a few minutes before placing it in the bottom of the prepared pie crust.
Once asparagus is slightly cooled, place it in the bottom of the prepared pie crust, followed by 1 cup of shredded cheese.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and top with the remaining 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is set. If the crust edges begin to brown, use a pie shield or foil wrapped around the edge. Let the quiche sit for 15 minutes before slicing.