Cream of Asparagus Soup & Others

  • 4 TBS butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 3 cups asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 can chicken brother (14 1/2 oz.)
  • 1 cup half-and-half

In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, in hot butter, cook onion until tender, stirring occasionally. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 to 10 minutes, until asparagus is just tender. Stir in half-and-half. Spoon half of asparagus mixture into blender; cover (with center part of blender cover removed) and blend at low speed until smooth. Pour mixture into bowl. Repeat with remaining asparagus mixture. Return mixture to saucepan; heat through. Serve soup hot or cover and refrigerate to serve chilled soup later. If chilled soup is too thick, stir in additional half-and-half or milk.

For Cream of Broccoli:

Prepare as above but substitute 3 cups of cut-up broccoli florets for the asparagus.

For Cream of Spinach:

Prepare as above but substitute 4 cups packed torn spinach for the asparagus and omit the 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time.

For Cream of Cauliflower:

Prepare as above but substitute 3 cups of cut-up cauliflower for the asparagus and use 1 1/4 cups half-and-half and a dash of ground red pepper.

For Cream of Cabbage:

Prepare as above but substitute 4 cups of shredded green cabbage for the asparagus. Add 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard with the flour.