*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                          CREAM OF ASPARAGUS SOUP
 
 Recipe By     : Found on Internet not sure of author.
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups & Stews                    Vegetables
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      lb.           fresh asparagus spears
    1      medium        onion -- diced
    1      Tbsp          butter
    3      cups          chicken stock
    1      medium        potato -- peeled and diced
    1      rib           celery -- chopped
    1      sprig         fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme
    1      cup           2% low-fat milk
                         Salt and freshly ground white pepper to
                         taste
 
 Preparation Instructions:
 Soak and rinse asparagus. Remove top 1 inch of each spear, discard tough
 lower part, reserving middle portion of stalks. In a 3-quart saucepan
 over medium heat, sauté onion in  butter for 3 to 5 minutes or until
 translucent. Add chicken stock, asparagus tips and stems, potato,
 celery, thyme, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low
 and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Remove
 from heat and let cool.
 Remove asparagus tips and  set aside. Place half of the soup at a time
 in a blender container. Cover and blend at high speed for 20 to 30
 seconds or until very smooth. Pass through a fine sieve and return
 blended soup to saucepan. Add reserved asparagus tips and cream (or half
 and half, or milk) and heat thoroughly, or refrigerate to be served
 cold. Serves 4
 
 
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 NOTES : This soup is wonderful served hot or cold. Half & half or milk
 may be substituted for the cream if fat content is a concern, although
 it won't taste quite as good. Be sure to adjust the seasoning after you
 add the cream (or half & half, or milk), especially if you plan to serve
 it cold.
 
 You may want to use evaporated skim milk to cut more fat.  There is
 about 25g fat in original.  We used 2% Milk.  This made each serving
 approx. 150 Calories and about 5 grams of fat.  Enjoy!