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Asparagus Soup with Homemade Croutons
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Asparagus Soup With Homemade Croutons

Topping this soup du jour with a dollop of crème fraîche adds a touch of richness, but you can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream.

By Jennifer Bartoli and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: April 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings


  • 1 tbsp 1tbspolive oil
  • 3 3shallotshallots, chopped
  • 4 4cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1leekleeks, (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 lb 1-1/2lbasparagus, trimmed and cut in 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) pieces
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1 pkg (900 mL) 1pkg (900 mL)vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupwhipping cream, (35%)
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 3 cups 3cupscubed crusty whole grain bread
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupcrème fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspchopped fresh chives
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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, purée 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 crème fraîche with chives; dollop on each bowl of soup. Sprinkle with croutons.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 331 pro 8g total fat 24g sat. fat 13g
carb 26g dietary fibre 5g sugar 10g chol 79mg
sodium 1,024mg potassium 424mg

% RDI:

calcium 7 iron 18 vit A 46 vit C 23
folate 91
This recipe is featured on Your monthly meal plan: 30 meals under 500 calories, week three, Your seasonal food guide: Asparagus and Tastes of Canada: Asparagus
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