Recipe by Chicagoland Chef du Jour
A great beginning to any meal. Great for lunch or dinner. This is very good and easy to make. This recipe is easily halved. The first time I made this, I used what I had on hand and made a couple substitutions. I used scallions for the leeks, used a red potato, decided not to garnish with the tips and tossed them in, no sour cream or chives. I pureed with a hand blender. It still was outstanding! Enjoy! From the Chicago Tribune "good eating" section, 5.6.09.
Top Review by Nado2003
Flavorful! Nice and easy, with simple ingredients. I skipped reserving the tips of the asparagus and put them right in there. I too used the immersion blender. Only used 1 tablespoon of butter, omitted the oil. Also kept my soup thick with about 3 cups of broth, I added about 3/4 cup of evaporated milk at the end and skipped the sour cream. Thank you. I will be making this again.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, finely chopped, substitute med-large 6-8 green scallions with tops
- 1 lb asparagus, cleaned, snap off woody ends, peeling (optional)
- 1 medium idaho potato, peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- white pepper, to taste
- 1 -2 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
- crouton (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Clean asparagus and cut into 2" pieces. Reserve tips for garnish.
- Prepare potatoes, peel and cut into 2" pieces.
- Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Add leeks or onions, stirring occasionally until soft. About 5 minutes.
- Add potatoes and asparagus, cook until well coated and begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Add chicken broth, salt and pepper; heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low; partially cover. Cook until vegetables are tender, 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, if desired, boil water over high heat (for asparagus tips). Add the tips to the boiling water; boil until tender and still green. About 3 minutes. Drain and set aside for garnish. Toss into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking if desired.
- Puree in small batches in a blender or sue a hand blender.
- Stir in lemon juice to taste.
- Ladle into bowl, top with a dollop of sour cream, tips, chives or croutons.