What a great soup! This time around, I fried off 100g of streaky bacon with the potatoes & leaks. I also subbed the butter for 50ml of good quality garlic infused olive oil and added 1/2 bunch of shallots and roughly 1/4 cup of chopped (lightly crushed) parsley stalks with the asparagus. After sautéing everything for 10min, I added 2 cups of good quality chicken consumé, 1 cup of water and 3/4 cup of verjuice and brought the pan to the boil, before turning off the heat to let it rest for 5min (to avoid over-cooking the asparagus and retain that lovely grassy, spring-like flavour). Finally, I added 1/2 cup of fresh cream and 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese to the pan after blending. The final result was absolutely stunning!
This recipe is easy and delicious. I had some jars of asparagus laying around so I used them as that it is hard to get the fresh stuff this time of year here. I think it would be even better with the fresh, but even with the jarred stuff we manage to eat the soup in one night between the two of us. :)
I'm not going to give this a star rating. Don't get me wrong, what I ended up with is DELICIOUS, but I altered it a bit. I am quite sure I added too much half-and-half cream (not sure how much it was, but it was a full smaller-sized carton), because my soup was a bit thin. I also added chunks of rotisserie chicken. I used a hand-blender to blend it when called for, but then I added some 1" (or so) strips of lightly steamed asparagus. So it was a sort of chunky soup for me (which I prefer). I also added finely grated parmesan to the top. Again, I found it delicious, but since it's quite different from the original recipe, I don't think it's appropriate to rate the original recipe. But I highly recommend giving it a try!
Loved this soup! I didn't quite have enough potatoes, so subbed a can of cream of potato soup and just used a cup of regular milk. Worked out fine. I could eat this every week! The combination works on every level. Thnx for sharing your recipe, pinky kookie. Made for PAC Spring 2010. You've been adopted! http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=327498&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0