Creamy Asparagus Soup by eddy1999

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									Creamy Asparagus Soup




Ingredients

      2 lbs asparagus, trimmed of woody stem bottoms
      1 large yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups chopped)
      3 Tbsp unsalted butter
      4 cups chicken stock
      1 cup water
      Leaves of 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
      2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
      1/4 cup heavy cream
      1 Tbsp dry vermouth
      A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
      Salt and pepper

Method

1 Cut tips from the asparagus 1 1/2 inches from top and halve tips lengthwise if thick.
Reserve for garnish. Chop the remaining asparagus stalks into 1/4-inch rounds.
2 Melt the butter in a 4 to 5 quart pot on medium heat. Add the onions and cook until
translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped asparagus (not the spear tips) to the
onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook another 5 minutes.




3 Add the broth, water, and thyme to the pot. Increase the heat to a boil, then reduce to a
simmer. Simmer, covered, until the asparagus are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. At the end of
cooking, stir in the chopped parsley.

4 While the soup is cooking, blanche the asparagus tips in a small pot of boiling, salted
water (about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt per quart of water), until the tips are just tender,
about 2-4 minutes, depending on the size of the asparagus. Drain. Rinse with cool water
to stop the cooking. Set aside.




5 Use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. (If you use an upright
blender, work in small batches, fill no more than a third the blender bowl at a time, and
hold down the lid while blending.) For a creamy texture, if you want, press the puréed
soup through a sieve or food mill. Stir in the cream. Stir in the vermouth and a squeeze of
lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

								
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