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Smooth Potato and Asparagus Soup with Croutons

This flavorful soup is as healthy as it is delicious. Teaming fresh asparagus with potatoes, garlic and milk and adding parsley, parmesan, and basil for flavor, this recipe shows you how to make the best asparagus soup recipe ever. Even beginners will find this surprisingly simple but a simple recipe does not mean a basic flavor. The flavor here is really good – try it and see!

This soup is deep green and most of that color comes from the asparagus but the parsley also plays its part in giving the soup its appealing hue. If you want, you can vary the herbs in this recipe. Oregano is pretty good and you can use basil in the soup as well as just for a garnish. Use fresh herbs instead of dried, for the best results.

The homemade croutons are pretty good too and you can bake those while the soup is bubbling away. Alternatively you can make the croutons in advance and store them in a plastic bag or covered container. Croutons enhance many soup and salad recipes. Homemade ones are much nicer than store-bought ones and making croutons is a good way to use up stale bread. In fact, stale bread results in crispier croutons than fresh bread so if you have some stale bread and you do not want to make toast with it, make croutons!

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Fresh Herbs
Summary: Asparagus and potatoes are the stars in this rich, green, Mediterranean-style soup. Their flavors are complemented by the addition of garlic, fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 3
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus spears
  • 2 small peeled, chopped potatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 2 roughly chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, grated or shredded parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the Croutons:
  • 2 slices bread
  • ? tablespoon melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the crusts off the bread and discard them.
  3. Brush the melted butter over both sides of the bread and cut it into small cubes.
  4. Sprinkle the garlic salt on them and arrange them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and let them cool.
  6. Remove the woody ends from the asparagus spears and then chop the spears into 1 inch pieces.
  7. Boil them for 10 minutes with the potatoes until they are tender.
  8. Drain and reserve the stock.
  9. Puree the potatoes, parmesan, asparagus, parsley, and garlic with a little stock in a blender.
  10. Transfer the puree back to the pot and add the milk.
  11. Bring the mixture back to a boil, and then simmer it for 2 minutes.
  12. Add salt and pepper to taste, and some more of the stock if the soup is too thick.
  13. Garnish with croutons and basil.

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Such a mouthwatering soup might be difficult to make, you might be thinking, but fortunately that is not the case here. In fact, this soup is really easy to make and you can use any herbs you like to flavor it. You can also sprinkle herbs (or parmesan cheese) over the croutons before baking them. Feel free to tinker with this soup recipe, throwing in some mushrooms, carrots or anything else you want to use up. It is a pureed soup so the individual vegetables will just give a hint of flavor rather than adding mismatched chunks.

 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello there, I'm Christine. Welcome to my blog where you will find a comprehensive collection of soup recipes for every season, occasion and palate. There are hundreds of soup recipes for you to try out, those which warm you up during the cooler months, and even chilled soups and dessert soups if you want to try something new.


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