Chilled Asparagus Soup

April 2006
Chilled Asparagus Soup

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, white and light-green parts only, well rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Salt
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter, then add the leeks and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to medium. Add the asparagus and 3/4 cup of the chicken broth and cook, uncovered, for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter bubbles, add the flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon for 1 minute, then reduce the heat to medium and continue stirring for 1 minute more. Gradually whisk in 1 cup more of the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking until smooth and thickened. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine the cooked vegetables with the thickened stock and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1-1/4 cups of the broth and puree 30 seconds more. Season to taste with salt, transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Glazebrook Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (New Zealand)
Tip How-to/Leeks:
  • Cut off the root end and the tough green top.
  • Halve the white part lengthwise
  • Soak the stalks in cold water for 10 minutes, then rinse to remove the grit.
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