Cream of asparagus soup
Ingredients and preparation methods
Asparagus, a light chicken or vegetable stock and milk or cream are primary ingredients. The cooked asparagus may be puréed or pulped in its preparation, and some preparations may combine both puréed and solid forms of asparagus, such as cooked asparagus tips. Puréed versions may be strained through a sieve to remove stray stringy asparagus matter. The use of thick pieces of asparagus can enhance the flavor of puréed versions of cream of asparagus soup, as can the use of fresh asparagus while it is in season (during spring).
It may be thickened using a roux, and some versions may omit milk and use extra stock, along with additional roux to thicken the soup. It may be served garnished with cooked asparagus tips, croutons, sour cream, crème fraîche, herbs such as chives, parsley and tarragon, and other foods. Cold versions may contain cream stirred into the soup prior to serving, or may be topped with sour cream.
Additional ingredients in its preparation may include half and half, light cream, evaporated milk, onion, garlic, lemon juice, celery, salt, pepper, leeks and herbs such as basil and parsley. Cheese may add flavor and thickness to the soup in versions that omit cream or milk. Sometimes rice is added.
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