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Creamy Asparagus Soup



Place asparagus in a large saucepan with broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes until asparagus is tender.
Melt butter in a small skillet.
Add shallots and garlic; saute 5 minutes until softened.
Stir in flour and cook 1 minute more.
Add to the saucepan with cooked asparagus.
Stir until the soup has thickened.
Let cool, then transfer to a blender or food processor and process until mixture is not quite completely smooth.
There should still be some small pieces of asparagus left.
Return soup to saucepan and simmer 5 minutes.
Add half& half, thyme and pepper.
Simmer 5 minutes more.
Add cheese and cook just until melted.