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Asparagus Cheese Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings (2 quarts)

Thyme has a sweet, savory flavor that really enhances a variety of dishes, including this creamy soup.—Elizabeth Montgomery, Allston, MA

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces), cooked and drained or 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen cut asparagus, thawed
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Croutons and additional shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add asparagus and heat through. Add the cheese, thyme and nutmeg. Cook until cheese is melted, stirring frequently (do not boil). Garnish with croutons and additional cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 343 calories, 24g fat (16g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 994mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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