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Creamy Asparagus Chowder

 Creamy Asparagus Chowder
While this soup's good with fresh asparagus, it can also be prepared with frozen or canned. In fact, I like to blanch and freeze asparagus in portions just right for the recipe—this way, I can make our favorite chowder all year. —Shirley Beachum, Shelby, Michigan
10 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 4 cups chopped fresh asparagus, cooked and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced almonds
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh tomato

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Add
  • garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour. Add the potato, milk,
  • broth and herbs; cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the
  • potato is tender and soup is thickened, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add the asparagus, salt and pepper; heat through. To serve, sprinkle
  • with almonds, cheese and the chopped tomato. Yield: about 2-1/2
  • quarts.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 187 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.