Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup

There's nothing like fresh asparagus when it's in season - take advantage of it with this delicious soup!

Yield

4 servings

Ingredients

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

In a large saucepan, combine asparagus, chopped onion, and 1/2 cup chicken broth. Cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered until asparagus is tender, about 12 minutes. Process the mixture in a blender to puree the vegetables. Set aside.

In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Whisk in the remaining chicken broth, and increase the heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Stir in the asparagus puree and the milk.

Put the sour cream in a small bowl, and stir in a ladleful of the hot soup. Add the sour cream mixture and the lemon juice to the soup. Stir while heating the soup to serving temperature, but don't allow it to boil. Serve immediately.

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