Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Creamy Asparagus Soup

This is the first time I've eaten asparagus soup. I LOVED it! I really didn't expect it to turn out so well. Even the boys loved it. If you haven't tried it before you've got to, it's spectacular.

2 large bunches of asparagus (about 1lb)
2 cups chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 cup milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Wash asparagus, gently bend one stalk and let it snap naturally- throw away the snapped end. Use that as a guide and snap or chop the ends off all the asparagus to avoid stringy soup. Boil 1/2 cup of the chicken broth and steam asparagus until tender. Reserve a few asparagus for garnish. Transfer remaining asparagus and liquid into blender and puree.

In same saucepan melt butter. Add flour and slowly whisk in remaining chicken broth until thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, asparagus puree and milk. Add yogurt and lemon juice and stir until heated through. Top with parmesan cheese and garnish with asparagus spears.
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