Saturday, January 30, 2010
FRESH ASPARAGUS SOUP
1 lb. fresh asparagus
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp. butter
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
3 Tbsp. flour
3 cups evaporated milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. sour cream
Snap off tough ends of asparagus and cut in 2-inch pieces. Cook in the 1/2 cup boiling water 3 to 5 minutes or until just crisp tender; drain, reserving liquid. Set aside.
Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat; add onion and saute 4 to 5 minutes until tender.
Add flour, cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Stir in reserved asparagus liquid until smooth.
Add asparagus, milk, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in sour cream. Cool slightly.
Process mixture in batches in blender until smooth, stopping if necessary to scrape down sides. Return to pot; cook over low heat until thoroughly heated. Do not allow to come to a boil.
Serves 4 to 6
"Asparagus should be sexy and almost fluid..."-Diana Vreeland