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Easy Asparagus Cream Soup: A Perfect Dinner for Chilly Autumn Nights

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The holidays become such a bustle, don’t they?  It seems like we’re already running rampant around a crazed schedule and Thanksgiving is still more than a week away.  Rather than get my panties in a bundle over all of the holiday preparations that I haven’t yet completed, I’m trying to focus more this year on taking & enjoying each day as it comes.  That means, taking the time to make healthy, delicious meals for myself and my family, even if they are quick and simple.  We served up this soup last night and the kids and I were delightfully pleased with it.  Thick and hearty enough to call it a meal, easy enough to make in minutes, this creamy, delicious soup is the perfect way to slow down your schedule, breath, relax, and enjoy the blessings of today.  Of course, it’s also a perfect Thanksgiving side dish.  So, if you’re frantically trying to prepare for the holidays, you’re covered there, too!

Deliciously Easy Asparagus Cream Soup
1 large sweet onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
2 pounds asparagus, chopped
5 cups chicken broth
Pinch of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 lemon, freshly squeezed
Salt and pepper

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add asparagus and broth to the skillet.  Cover & allow to boil until asparagus is extremely tender, about 10 minutes.  Whisk together the flour and cream, then whisk it into the skillet once the asparaus has fully cooked.  Stir together over medium heat until slightly thickened.  Pour entire contents of skillet into a blender.  Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Puree until very smooth.  Serve immediately with a splash of fresh cream.  Enjoy!

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