Cream of Asparagus Soup

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped, (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pint sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian hot paprika, for garnish
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Directions

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add asparagus and saute another 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes, until asparagus is very tender. *Carefully transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan, stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to serving bowls. Dust with paprika and serve.
*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

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