Fancy and Fresh Asparagus Soup

Fancy and Fresh Asparagus Soup

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  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

This luxurious soup is the perfect starter to any meal. With its light yet distinctive taste, fresh asparagus is readily available year-round, meaning you don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy this delicate vegetable.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • White pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

Directions

  1. Cut the tips off 12 spears of asparagus and reserve for garnishing the soup. Roughly chop the remaining asparagus.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant; 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped asparagus, the chicken broth and the rice and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and allow asparagus and rice to simmer, partially covered, for 30-35 minutes, or until tender.
  3. In a small saucepan, determine water level by placing the reserved asparagus tips in the pan and adding enough water to cover; remove the tips and bring water to a boil. Re-add tips in pan and simmer, covered, for 6 minutes. Remove from pan, drain and rinse under cold water.
  4. Place the soup in a food processor and puree in batches, or use a handheld mixer to puree directly in sauce pan. Return soup to saucepan and stir in milk, zest, salt and pepper; heat through.
  5. Divide soup into 4 bowls; decorate each serving with 1/2 tablespoon of the sour cream and 3 asparagus tips. Serve immediately.

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