CREAM OF ASPARAGUS VEGETABLE CHOWDER

CREAM OF ASPARAGUS VEGETABLE CHOWDER
1 pound asparagus, wood ends trimmed
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
1 large bunch green onions, sliced
1 cup sliced carrots
2 stalks celery, halved and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 KNORR tomato bouillon cube
1 KNORR chicken broth gel tub
8 cups water
3 tablespoons butter, sliced and freezer chilled
1/2 cup white Moscato wine or Cream Sherry
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 ounces Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced (3 cups +/-)
1 tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
Parmesan cheese for garnish

  • Whisk KNORR chicken broth gel tub and KNORR tomato bouillon cube into the water as you are bringing it to a boil.
  • Add onions, carrots, asparagus, celery and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes until all vegetables are tender.
  • Remove vegetables to a colander, retaining broth that drains off.
  • While vegetables are draining whisk salt, pepper and red pepper into broth.
  • Add potatoes and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer cooking until potatoes are tender.
  • While potatoes are cooking, process cooling vegetables until smooth.
  • When potatoes are tender, slightly mash most of the potatoes.
  • Return vegetable mix to the potato broth along with any broth that drained off.
  • Add wine or sherry and vinegar blending well.
  • Add in heavy cream and Mascarpone cheese stirring until cheese is melted and well blended.
  • Serve with fresh Parmesan as garnish.

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