Asparagus Soup With Homemade Croutons

Asparagus Soup with Homemade Croutons Image Author: Canadian Living Credits: Asparagus Soup with Homemade Croutons Image

Topping this soup du jour with a dollop of cr?me fra?che adds a touch of richness, but you can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream.

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2013

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 leek (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lb asparagus trimmed and cut in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pkg (900 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups cubed crusty whole grain bread
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Method

In large heavy saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat; cook shallots and three quarters of the garlic, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 3 minutes. Add leek; cook, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes.

Stir in asparagus, salt and pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Add broth and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes.

In batches in blender, pur?e soup until smooth. Return to saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in cream and lemon juice.

Meanwhile, toss bread with remaining oil and garlic; spread on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake in 450 F (230 C) oven until golden, about 8 minutes.

Combine cr?me fra?che with chives; dollop on each bowl of soup. Sprinkle with croutons.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 1024 mg
  • Sugars 10 g
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 331.0
  • Total fat 24 g
  • Potassium 424 mg
  • Cholesterol 79 mg
  • Saturated fat 13 g
  • Total carbohydrate 26 g

%RDI

  • Iron 18.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 91.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 7.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 46.0
  • Vitamin C 23.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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