Makes for a yummy delicious meal or snack and kids love it too!
3 bushels of asparagus – approximately 30 stalks
2 large leeks
3-4 cups of chicken stock (preferably 2-3 OXO cubes, it’s quick and reliable!)
1 tub of Philadelphia Creamed Cheese, regular
¼ cup of milk (optional for thickness)
Tobasco to taste
Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Simply cut up slices of bread in small squares and sauté in butter and salt.
Soup feeds 4-6 people.
Essential equipment is a sauté pan, large boiling pot, standing blender, colander, wooden spoon and a fine netted sieve.
Wash the asparagus and especially the leeks, they may still be a bit gritty. Cut a little off the ends of the asparagus and either steam or boil in lightly salted water for approximately 6-8 minutes. Make sure they are soft and floppy. From the leeks, remove the first layer, it can be a bit worn and lose its flavour quickly. Finely slice the leeks and sauté in butter until soft and translucent.
Drain the asparagus, place them with the leeks into the standing blender. Add approximately 2-2 ½ cups of chicken stock. Blend until very smooth. You may need to add a little more stock to pass through the sieve. Once smooth, pour liquid into the sieve over the pot. Gently turn your wooden spoon clockwise to push the liquid through. This will take a few gos, and once you are through, discard the pulp into the bin.
Add the remaining chicken stock into your pot. Please watch the amount as you don’t want to have a runny soup. Add the tub of creamed cheese, a little nob of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Now this is where the heat comes in. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and a few sprinkles of Tobasco. Keep adding to your liking. I prefer mine with a kick, so I go for it!
Now the soup is ready to eat! However, I prefer to let sit on the stove, in room temperature, for about an hour. This helps it to come alive! Or if you like, keep it in the refrigerator overnight, for a stronger, more robust, thicker soup.
Heat and serve. As a suggestion for garnish add fresh croutons and/or shredded Parmesan cheese.