CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP
- 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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