MMMmonday - Asparagus Soup

Fresh asparagus is in here in SC - and my goodness it's yummy (and so well priced that I'm buying it often... here's a quick and easy soup that takes advantage of this time of the year!  This is a great soup for lunch or as a starter for supper!  The hard boiled egg is optional, but it does add a nice twist to the soup and I recommend trying it!

Asparagus Soup - Makes 6 servings

2 T butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 T flour
4 C chicken stock
1 1/2 lb. Asparagus washed and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 t salt
1/2 t white pepper
1 C low fat milk - can use whole milk, half and half or even cream if you prefer
1 hard boiled egg (grated) for garnish (optional)

  1. In large saucepan, melt butter. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, until tender. Add flour and cook until bubbly, stirring constantly. Whisk in the stock. Stir in asparagus, salt and pepper - bring to a boil. 
  2. Lower heat and cook until asparagus is very tender. Using a slotted spoon remove 1/2 C asparagus and save. 
  3. In food processor or blender, in batches if necessary, puree the soup until smooth. Return to saucepan and add milk. 
  4. Cook uncovered over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. DO NOT boil.
  5. Serve garnished with reserved asparagus spears and top with grated hard boiled egg.

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