Cream of Asparagus Soup
- ¼ stick unsalted butter
- ¼ onion, chopped
- 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
- 1 tsp hot paprika for garnish (optional)
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add asparagus and sauté another 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes, until asparagus is very tender.
*Carefully transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan, stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to serving bowls. Dust with paprika and serve.
*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.
Source: Food Network-revised