Jan 25, 2011

Creamy Green for Gray Days

Rainy days I like to come home for lunch, and sit and watch the rain with Buddy.  He loves to stare at the window at squirrels, birds, and his nemesis- ba, dum, dum- the black cat who lives across the street.  I love to be driving down our street, and see his perked ears and bright black eyes in the window (ruff! ruff!).

While he patrols the trees, I supped on some Cream of Asparagus soup, from Pam Anderson's weight loss cookbook.

6 c. chicken broth

2 t olive oil or butter
1 medium onion diced
1/2 t tarragon
2/3 c instant rice
2 lbs asparagus (I used 2 bunches), trimmed and cut into one inch pieces
1 c. light sour cream
Parmesan to top

  • microwave broth until hot set aside
  • heat oil in dutch oven over medium high heat
  • add onion and saut√© until tender and translucent
  • stir in tarragon and rice
  • add asparagus
  • add broth
  • bring to a boil
  • reduce heat to low and simmer partially covered until asparagus and rice are tender (about 7-8 minutes)
  • either pour into blender covered with a dishtowel and puree or whip out your immersion blender, and blend baby!
  • take soup off heat and stir slowly in the sour cream
  • salt and pepper to your liking
  • Top with freshly grated Parmesan
This soup is creamy from the rice- I used whole-grain white rice, but unlike a lot of cream of [fill in the blank] soups, this one tastes primarily of asparagus, not gunk.  If you don't appreciate asparagus, you should not make this soup.  Or you could substitute another vegetable, such as broccoli. . . let me know how it goes!

The other issue one must look out with this tasty green concoction?


Forewarned is forearmed my friends.


  1. The Cream of Asparagus soup sounds amazing! I am SO going to try this, thanks for sharing!

  2. Bahahaha, yes, asparagus warning. Tee hee.

    Ok, you made this look so yummy, I may have to try it. I have never ever been able to stomach any cream of ____ soup, but this I might have to put my big girl apron on and make!

  3. I will definitely try this! Buddy is too cute! I love the ASPARAGUS AFTERMATH convo! Hilarious.

  4. That soup sounds wonderful! Ugh - i'm so over the gray, rainy days. It's very demotivating. :(


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