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Creamy Ham and Asparagus Soup

Like most country cooks, I often bake a large ham so that I can use leftovers in tasty dishes like this. Fresh asparagus is wonderful in this soup's creamy broth.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 small onions, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 jar (2-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • Place asparagus in a large saucepan with enough water to cover; cook until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, saute carrot in butter for 3-5 minutes; add onions and saute 2 minutes longer or until tender. Stir in flour; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add broth, ham, mushrooms and reserved asparagus. Reduce heat; add cream. Heat through but do not boil. Add salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 285 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • godsgrace_7
    Apr 24, 2017

    Excellent recipe. Kids loved it. I added diced red potatoes and celery leaves and parsley. Everything else stayed the same. Definitely going to make it again!

  • juliecooks4u
    Apr 8, 2013

    So good! I used canned milk for the half and half (add a little sugar for the sweetness). I used 2 onions and 3 carrots. I also added 1/2 C swiss cheese at the end. SO DELICIOUS. I will be making this again.

  • patellison
    Apr 23, 2012

    Delicious! What a great way to use up leftover easter ham rather than my usual bean or split pea soup. I put more ham than called for because I served it as the main dish. Be careful not to overcook the asparagus!