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Old 07-28-2005, 08:25 AM   #1
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Grilled Asparagus Soup


2 pounds asparagus spears, tough ends removed
6 to 8 green onions, root ends trimmed
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups tightly packed baby spinach leaves
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
Kosher salt


Place the asparagus and green onions in a large bowl and coat them with olive oil. Grill them over direct-medium heat until they are marked by the grill but not dark, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. (Discard any unused olive oil.) Transfer to a cutting board, cut into 2-inch lengths, and place in a medium saucepan.

Add the chicken broth, spinach and pepper to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to a food processor and puree them.

Return the pureed vegetables to the saucepan and mix well. Whisk in the cream and tarragon. Simmer the soup for 3 to 5 more minutes, but do not let it boil. Season with salt to taste. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

PER SERVING: Cal 195 (75% fat) Fat 17 g (4 g sat) Fiber 3 g Chol 14 mg Sodium 811 mg Carb 8 g Calcium 66 mg


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Old 08-06-2005, 12:10 PM   #2
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Thanks Rainee. I made this last night. It is very good. I ended up seasoning it a little too much though. I didn't ruin it, but it is just a little teensy bit too salty. There are two minor changes I would make to this recipe next time. One change I would make is that I would not use a food processor to puree the veggies. It did not make the mix fine enough. I would use a blender (which means I now have an excuse to buy one ). The other change I would make is I would serve this as a cold soup. I am eating it cold right now and loving it. It was great warm too so I am sure I would still do it that way sometimes also, but I am loving it cold right now.

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Old 08-12-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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If you could get ahold of some purple asparagus that would make for a wonderfully heather-hued soup (I'd imagine). I really like this recipe, I'll be trying it soon for sure

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Old 08-12-2005, 12:11 PM   #4
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Thanks, Raine. I've copied this one for the files. It looks great!
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