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Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons- Country Mouse City Spouse Enjoy your asparagus harvest with this fresh soup. Add grilled cheese for a nice Springtime meal. | Recipe | Food | Homemade | Asparagus | Soup | Homemaking | Home Economics | Recipe |

Enjoy your asparagus harvest with this homemade fresh asparagus and cheddar soup with croutons.  Add grilled cheese for a nice Springtime meal.

I absolutely adore asparagus.  From my asparagus pesto to this amazing asparagus soup, Spring asparagus just makes me happy.  With it’s short harvest time, I love to enjoy as much of it fresh as I can.  Sure, I freeze it and preserve it but fresh from the garden is just the best.

The asparagus patch in my backyard is 5 years old, and its harvest is pretty plentiful as I let the asparagus fern stand all summer and winter long.  Allowing it to grow for so long strengthens the roots giving a better harvest each year.  The roots have a chance to grow and spread all year long.  Because of this technique, I have yet to have to add any new roots to my asparagus patch.

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons- Country Mouse City Spouse Enjoy your asparagus harvest with this fresh soup. Add grilled cheese for a nice Springtime meal. | Recipe | Food | Homemade | Asparagus | Soup | Homemaking | Home Economics | Recipe |

New Recipe with an Old Favorite

As much as I love plain steamed asparagus, I love to mix it up and find new uses for my crop.  I adore my Asparagus Pesto Pasta Salad, but I wanted something a little more hearty to add to a meal using this amazing vegetable.  Hence why I began making this fresh asparagus and cheddar soup.

Even if you do not have an asparagus patch growing in your backyard, find a local farmer’s market and grab yourself a pound or two to use in this amazing soup.  You won’t regret it!  You may have a new favorite soup!

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Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, cut into 1"-pieces and steamed until done
  • 3 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme (1 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 package seasoned croutons
  • additional shredded cheddar cheese for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Gradually stir in milk.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Let cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked asparagus, allowing to heat through, about 1 minute.
  • Pulse with a hand mixer (or blender) until smooth.
  • Add cheddar cheese, thyme and nutmeg.
  • Simmer until cheese is completely melted, but do not allow to return to a boil.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish with croutons, asparagus tips and additional cheese (if desired)
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If you would like, you may reserve a few cooked asparagus tips to add back into your serving dishes.  I do this for myself quite often.  Allow your personal preference to dictate your own serving method.

Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons- Country Mouse City Spouse Enjoy your asparagus harvest with this fresh soup. Add grilled cheese for a nice Springtime meal. | Recipe | Food | Homemade | Asparagus | Soup | Homemaking | Home Economics | Recipe |

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Homemade Fresh Asparagus and Cheddar Soup with Croutons


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