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Creamy Asparagus Soup


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Ingredients

2 lbs asparagus
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
5 cups chicken broth
Leaves of 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp dry vermouth
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper


Cut tips from 12 asparagus 1 1/2 inches from top and halve tips lengthwise if thick.


Reserve for garnish. Cut stalks and all remaining asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.


Cook onion in butter in a 4 or 6-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.


Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes.


Add 5 cups broth, thyme, and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.


While soup simmers, cook reserved asparagus tips in boiling salted water until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes, then drain.


Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth. If you want a very creamy texture, you can put the purée through a food mill or press it through a sieve.


Transfer to a bowl (use caution when blending hot liquids), and return to pan.


Stir in cream.


Stir in vermouth and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Garnish with asparagus tips.


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Notes

My husband loves asparagus but is not a huge fan of soup....lets see if this will entice him.

I stumbled onto this recipe on elise.com.

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