Asparagus~ leek~ & potato soup

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
⅓ cup Parsley; fresh minced
3 tablespoons Butter, unsalted; softened
⅛ teaspoon Salt
⅛ teaspoon Pepper
¼ cup Butter, unsalted
3 \N Leeks, large; chopped *
½ teaspoon Dried thyme; crumbled
1 \N Bay leaf
6 cups Chicken stock/canned broth
1½ pounds Potatoes, red new; quartered
1 pounds Asparagus;trimmed,1\"diagonal



* Leeks: Use the white part and only 1 inch of the green part.

Parsley butter: Mix the first 4 ingredients in small bowl. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before using).

Melt ¼ cup unsalted butter in heavy large saucepan over low heat.

Add leeks, thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook until leeks are soft, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix in stock and potatoes.

Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Add asparagus and simmer until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each with dollop of parsley butter and serve.

This sounded very good, but my husband likes cream soups, so I added a FL sweet onion to the potato mixture and pureed all before I added the asparagus to the creamy soup. Adapted from Bon Appetit, April 1991.

From the MM database of Judi M. Phelps. jphelps@... or jphelps@...

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