Asparagus Soup with Brie Bruschetta

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  • 45 min prep time
  • 45 min total time
  • 20 ingredients
  • 6 servings

Ingredients

Asparagus Soup

1 1/2
pounds fresh asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
tablespoon unsalted butter
1
tablespoon minced garlic
1
cup diced onion
1/2
cup diced celery
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
2
teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
2
cups loosely packed spinach
2
teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
1
cup heavy whipping cream or buttermilk (if using buttermilk, cut the lemon peel in half)
1/2
teaspoon gray sea salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Gremolata

2
tablespoons butter
1/2
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
2
tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Grated peel of 1 medium orange

Bruschetta

1
loaf crusty French or Italian bread, sliced
1/4
cup butter, softened
1
1b Brie cheese, sliced

Directions

  1. 1 Snap off ends from asparagus and peel any tough skin from the stalks; set aside.
  2. 2 In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic to oil and butter; cook until light brown. Add onion and celery; reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, make the gremolata. In 8-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs to butter; cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently; transfer to small bowl. Stir in the parsley and orange peel; set aside.
  4. 4 In saucepan, add asparagus, broth and thyme to vegetable mixture. Heat to boiling; cook about 3 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Stir in spinach and lemon peel (the spinach will wilt in the soup). Pour soup into blender in small batches; cover and puree each batch until smooth. (The soup can be made ahead to this point, cooled, covered, and refrigerated for up to 1 day or frozen for up to 1 month.)
  5. 5 Return soup to saucepan and heat over low heat until hot. Stir in the whipping cream, salt and pepper. Ladle into warm bowls. Sprinkle soup with 1 teaspoon gremolata. Pass the remaining gremolata at the table.
  6. 6 Set oven control to broil. To make bruschetta, butter bread slices on both sides and top each with several slices of brie (2 to 3 oz per bread slice). Broil with tops about 5 inches from heat until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

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