Monday, November 2, 2009

Asaparagus Soup and Homemade pizza

Not the most likely pairing, but I'm trying to use the leftovers in my fridge and pantry. The soup turned out especially well. I halved my soup recipe because I was using leftovers. The pizza was prepared whole wheat pizza crust, 1/2 c or so of tomato sauce, grated fresh mozzarella and a sprinkling of chopped fresh oregano and basil from my window garden.

Creamy Asparagus Soup


  • 2 lbs asparagus
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • Leaves of 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


1 Cut asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.

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2 Cook onion in butter in a 4 or 6-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened. Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add 5 cups broth, thyme, and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

3 Purée soup in batches in a blender until smooth. If you want a very creamy texture, you can put the purée through a food mill or press it through a sieve. Transfer to a bowl (use caution when blending hot liquids), and return to pan. Stir in cream. Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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