Monday, April 05, 2010

Spring ham, asparagus, and potato soup

Do you have leftover ham from Easter? If so, and if you're already tired of ham sandwiches, consider this soup. Not only is is a great way to incorporate vegetables and fresh herbs into your diet, it is pretty tasty (even my husband, who "hates creamy soup" and eats vegetables sparingly, liked it). For me, the best part of this soup was using my immersion blender. It is one of the kitchen tools I love to use (maybe because it is destructive . . . but in a good way). Anyway, if you like asparagus and ham, you should give this a try!

Spring ham, asparagus and potato soup
1 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup onions, chopped
1 tbsp. flour
16 oz. vegetable broth (plus more, depending on desired consistency)
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. minced chives
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 lb. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
3 to 4 small red potatoes, peeled and cubed (1/2 inch)
3/4 cup cubed fully cooked lean ham
3/4 cup half-and-half (or 1/2 cup milk plus 1/4 cup cream)
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
optional: 3 tbsp. shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
optional: fresh rosemary to garnish

1. In a medium saucepan, saute onions in butter until tender. Add flour, stir until blended. Gradually add broth, water, parsley, Italian seasoning, chives, celery seed, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil; cook 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

2. Cut tips off asparagus and set aside. Cut stalks into 1/2 inch pieces; add to pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Cool slightly.

3. With an immersion blender (or transfer to regular blender when slightly cooled), process soup until smooth (return to pan if regular blender was used). Stir in potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer 10-15 minutes. Stir in asparagus tips and ham and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in half-and-half; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately. Yield: 3-4 servings.
- Adapted from Taste of Home


Megan said...

So glad you are back! This soup looks yummy!

baby cribs said...

I like your soup! It looks so delicious and it is very appetizing in the photo!