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Herbed Asparagus Soup

 Herbed Asparagus Soup
From Sterling Heights, Michigan, Adele Long shares the recipe for an asparagus soup that tastes like spring. Pureed to a smooth and creamy texture, the soup is nicely seasoned with thyme...and is sure to please asparagus lovers.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onions and garlic in butter. Add the
  • broth, asparagus, salt, thyme, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until asparagus is
  • tender. Drain asparagus, reserving cooking liquid. Discard bay leaf.
  • Cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, combine asparagus and 1/2 cup cooking liquid;
  • cover and process until smooth. Return pureed asparagus and
  • remaining cooking liquid to pan.
  • Combine the flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a

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Herbed Asparagus Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Garnish each
  • serving with sour cream and lemon peel. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup soup with 1 tablespoon sour cream) equals 107 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 876 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.