Creamy Asparagus and Wild Rice Soup


This quick, creamy soup is a celebration of spring's first vegetable—delectable spears of fresh, green asparagus.


2 lb. fresh green asparagus
2 tbsp. butter
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups California wild rice, cooked
1⁄2 tsp. salt
1⁄4 tsp. ground white pepper
1 tsp. lemon juice
10 fresh chervil leaves, for garnish


1. Cut off asparagus tips, blanch 1 minute in boiling salted water and drain; set aside. Cut remaining asparagus into bite-size pieces.

2. Saute asparagus pieces in butter 2 minutes. Add enough broth to cover; simmer until tender. Puree in blender.

3. In a soup kettle, combine puree mixture, remaining broth, cream, wild rice, asparagus tips, salt, pepper and lemon juice; heat through.

4. Garnish with chervil.

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