Asparagus & Chicken Soup with Asiago Cheese and Lemon

Asparagus & Chicken Soup with Asiago Cheese and Lemon

This velvety-smooth soup may look as though it’s from a fine dining restaurant, but it is oh-so-easy to prepare. The mouthwatering combination of chicken, asparagus, and Asiago cheese makes for a soup with intense depth of flavour that will earn it a regular space in your recipe box.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 10
  • Cook Time:
  • 2 cups (500 mL) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), cooked, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) asparagus
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 cup (250 mL) light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mozzarella cheese, part skim, 16.5% MF
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 10 sprigs mint, fresh
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) 1% milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) onions, diced
  1. Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until the onion softens, stirring often.

  2. Pour in chicken broth, white wine, cayenne, nutmeg and lemon zest. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Cut the tough bottom off the asparagus. Trim tips off other end and set aside for use later. Add chopped asparagus, cut into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces, to the pot. Simmer 5-8 minutes until tender but still bright green.

  4. Puree the soup with a blender until smooth and creamy. Stir in half the sour cream.

  5. Add the chopped chicken to the pot with both of the grated cheeses and heat gently for a few minutes until hot. Season with salt. Garnish with fresh mint.

  6. To serve, mix the rest of the sour cream with the milk and swirl artfully around the top of each bowl. Garnish each bowl with asparagus tips and a sprig of fresh mint.

Frozen asparagus also works well in this recipe.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 300 g serving Amount
  • Calories 170
  • Protein 17 g
  • Fat 8 g
  • Saturated Fat 4 g
  • Carbohydrate 8 g
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Sodium 280 mg
  • Per 300 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 13
  • Calcium 15
  • Iron 10
  • Vitamin A 10
  • Vitamin C 10
  • Vitamin B6 15
  • Vitamin B12 20
  • Folate 20
  • Magnesium 10
  • Zinc 13

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