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Cream of Asparagus Soup

 Cream of Asparagus Soup
"I associate asparagus with spring-time...and its beautiful green color with new life," shares Lynn Vogel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "That's why this delightful soup is the perfect started to our family's Easter dinner each year."
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium leeks (white portion only), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute the leeks in butter. Add broth, asparagus,
  • potatoes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer
  • for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth; return to the
  • pan. Add milk; cook over low heat until heated through. Sprinkle
  • with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 178 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 748 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.