Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Asparagus soup

• 2 pounds fresh asparagus
• 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
• 1 cup vegetable broth
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 pinches ground black pepper
• 2-1/2 cups vegetable broth
• 2 cups soy milk
• 1 cup yogurt
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS
1. Place asparagus and onion in a saucepan with 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
2. Reserve a few asparagus tips for garnish. Place remaining vegetable mixture in an electric blender and puree until smooth.
3. Melt butter in the pan that was used for simmering the asparagus and onions. Stir while sprinkling flour, salt, and pepper into the butter. Do not let the flour brown. Allow the mixture to cook only 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth and increase the heat. Continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil.
4. Stir the vegetable puree and milk into the saucepan. Whisk yogurt into the mixture, followed by lemon juice. Stir until heated through, then ladle into bowls. Garnish with reserved asparagus tips. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.