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Asparagus Soup (Fresh)

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MyCookbook Member: bob
Recipe Category: Soup
Recipe Preparation Level: easy

    Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

    1 pound asparagus
    6 cups chicken stock or canned broth
    1/2 cup minced shallot
    1 potato, grated
    Salt and freshly grated pepper to taste
    Plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat sour cream for
    Grated lemon peel for garnish
    Snipped fresh dill for garnish

    Peel and trim the asparagus, reserving the
    trimmings. In a large saucepan bring stock or
    broth to a simmer, add trimmings and let
    stand 15 minutes. Rinse spears, pat dry and
    cut into 1 1/2 pieces, reserving tips. Strain
    stock or broth into a large saucepan and add
    the asparagus stalks, shallot, potato and salt
    and pepper to taste. Bring the liquid to a boil
    over high heat and simmer the mixture, stirring
    occasionally, for 25 minutes, or until
    asparagus is tender.

    Meanwhile, in a saucepan of boiling salted
    water blanch the asparagus tips until just
    tender, drain and refresh.

    In a food processor or blender puree the soup
    in batches until smooth,correct seasoning and

    return to saucepan. Heat until hot.

    To serve: ladle soup into bowls and garnish
    with reserved asparagus tips,yogurt, lemon
    peel and dill.

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cooking Time: 40 minutes

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