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Our ingredients for this month's Improv Cooking Challenge are Asparagus and Cream. This great group is ran by Nichole of Cookaholic Wife.
These are perfect ingredients for this time of year. I knew right away that I was going to make an Asparagus soup to serve with Easter Dinner. I think Asparagus is one of the great blessings that Spring brings to us each year. It is my favorite vegetable and that means something because I LOVE all vegetables.
This soup is quick and easy to make. I added cream to this version because of the theme for our challenge, however it can be made with all chicken broth and it is still creamy and delicious. Using all broth will also make it lower in calories. Replacing the butter with olive oil and the chicken broth with vegetable broth makes it the perfect vegan first course.
Whenever I make a cream soup that needs to be perfectly smooth, I use my heavy duty blender and allow it to do all the work for me. When making a soup, like this corn chowder, where only a portion needs to be pureed, I use my immersion blender.
I was a bit disappointed with the shadows in my photo but, as I said, this was served as first course on Easter so I snapped a quick shot before taking it to the table filled with hungry people.
Creamy Asparagus Soup
2 T. butter
1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
2 T. flour
3 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. light cream
1 bunch asparagus, tough ends snapped off
1 t. dried savory
Salt and pepper, to taste
Remove the tips from the asparagus and place in a small bowl. Add a touch of water, cover and microwave for a 2-3 minutes. Remove, drain and set aside. Chop the stalks of the asparagus into 1" pieces. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a soup pot over med high heat. Add the onions and cook until fragrant and translucent. Add the flour, cook and stir for a couple of minutes until light brown and nutty smelling. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth until flour is dissolved. Add the asparagus stalks and savory. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover and cook until asparagus is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Place the mixture into a heavy duty blender and puree until smooth. Alternately you can use a food processor or an immersion blender. Return to the pot and stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with the steamed asparagus tips. Print Recipe