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Asparagus Soup

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Asparagus Soup
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Here's a delectable recipe for Asparagus Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped asparagus stalks and tips
  • 1 1/2 cups leeks, mostly white parts, well rinsed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy milk creamer (such as White Wave Silk Creamer)

Directions:

Prepare the asparagus by discarding the tough ends.

Heat the oil in a 4-quart pot, and add the asparagus, leeks, celery, garlic and bay leaf. Saute over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Add the vegetable broth; simmer, partially covered, for about 20 minutes over medium-low heat.

Let cool slightly; then puree mixture in a blender in batches. Return the puree to the pot, season with salt and pepper to taste. Add soy creamer and heat thoroughly.

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Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings


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