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It’s Really Cold Outside

January 23, 2011

I know it’s January in the midwest, but apparently that’s news.

I saw the weatherman the other night go on and on about how cold it is outside.  And guess what it’s going to snow this week too.  Really?  I’ve lived in the Chicagoland area my whole life and this is news?  It’s January after all and we have weeks left of this weather.  Midwesterners take this in stride.  Windchill, snow, below zero temperatures.  It’s not really that awe-inspiring to me. 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have something to keep us warm.

Like soup.  Really good soup.

This one fits the bill.  This soup has a great flavor and is creamy but not too creamy.  I love a good cream soup.

Asparagus Soup

  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 2 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/4 C Flour
  • 4 Cans Chicken Broth (14 1/2 oz)
  • 1 Large Potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 lb Asparagus
  • 1 C Half and Half
  • 1 C White Wine
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 t Pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/2 t Truffle Salt, or more to taste

Melt the butter, add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic.  Saute until tender.  Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Slowly add the broth.  Stir until smooth.  Bring to a boil.  Add the potato and chopped asparagus, reserving some of the tips for garnish.  Reduce heat and simmer until potato and asparagus are very tender, about 20 minutes.  Puree the soup.  Add the wine, half and half, soy sauce, Worcestershire, pepper and salt.  Bring to just boiling point and serve.

Serve this alone, with your favorite bread, or with a sandwich.

Just try to stay warm, ‘cuz it was warmer in Anchorage yesterday than it was in Chicago.

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