Red Pepper Asparagus Soup

Red Pepper Asparagus Soup
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This easy, light and creamy soup is the perfect beginning to a special meal.
30 min
Prep Time
1:00
Total Time
8 servings

Ingredients

Soup

3 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Butter
1 1/2 pounds (about 5 cups)
asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium (1 cup)
red potatoes, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 medium (3/4 cup)
leek*, rinsed, thinly sliced
1 medium (1 cup)
red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon
finely chopped fresh garlic
2 (14-ounce) cans
vegetable broth
1 tablespoon
balsamic vinegar or soy sauce
1 tablespoon
finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves**
2 cups
Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 teaspoon
salt
1/4 teaspoon
pepper

Toppings

1/2 cup
sour cream
1/2 teaspoon
chopped fresh tarragon leaves***
 
*Substitute 3/4 cup thinly sliced onion.

**Substitute 1 teaspoon crushed dried tarragon leaves.

***Substitute 1/8 teaspoon crushed dried tarragon leaves.

Directions

  1. Melt butter in 6-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until sizzling; add asparagus, potatoes, bell pepper, leek and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes or until asparagus is crisply tender.
  2. Stir in broth, balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon tarragon. Continue cooking 10-12 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Stir in half & half, salt and pepper.
  3. Place 2 cups soup in 5-cup blender container. Cover; blend until very smooth. Repeat with remaining soup, 2 cups at a time. Place soup into 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until soup is heated through.
  4. Combine sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon tarragon leaves. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream mixture.

Recipe Tips

The smaller the leek, the more tender it will be. To cut leeks, trim roots and leafy ends. Split leeks from top to bottom; rinse thoroughly and slice. Store leeks in plastic food storage bag; place in refrigerator up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
150
Cholesterol
20mg
Carbohydrates
16g
Protein
4g
Fat
8g
Sodium
900mg
Dietary Fiber
2g

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