ASPARAGUS BISQUE

A bisque is a smooth and creamy soup. Bisques are traditionally seafood-based, but this rich soup is made with fresh asparagus, giving it a dramatic green hue.

Yield: Serves 6 as a starter.

ASPARAGUS BISQUE

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sliced asparagus
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp thyme, crumbled
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (2%)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon peel
  • Pinch nutmeg

Directions

  1. Combine asparagus, broth, thyme and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Purée asparagus mixture in batches in a blender, filling blender no more than half full for each batch; set asparagus mixture aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Stir in asparagus mixture, salt, lemon peel and nutmeg. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened and heated through, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Ladle into small bowls. May be prepared in advance and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Reheat soup over low heat.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

82 calories, 3.6 g fat, 5.1 g protein, 8.1 g carbohydrate, 419 mg sodium