My daughter created this soup when she needed to use up some leftover pork. More water can be used for a thinner soup or less water for a noodle dish. It's good with mushroom flavored ramen noodles, too. —Eleanor Niska, Twin Falls, Idaho
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
"My kids wouldn't eat asparagus when they were young," writes Lois McAtee. "But after trying this smooth creamy soup, they all wanted seconds." To hurry along preparation, the Oceanside, California reader relies on frozen asparagus.
It's not difficult to fix a batch of this smooth, comforting soup. It has wonderful homemade goodness. A singe steaming bowl really warms me up...but I usually can't resist going back for seconds.
—Veva Hepler, Walla Walla, Washington