Apr 2, 2009

Cream of Asparagus Soup




It doesn't get better than this in my book! Yum! Don't be fooled, just because it's creamed doesn't mean in bad for you. Simply pureeing the soup with an immersion blender and adding a little low fat sour cream does the trick. If you don't have one of these hand blenders, you really must get one of these. They save so much time in the kitchen. This soup is perfect as a first course or great for lunch. To make this thicker as a main course, you can add a large peeled russet potato.



Cream of Asparagus Soup
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 1/4 cups  Old Points: 1 • Weight Watchers PP: 2 pts
Calories: 65 • Fat: 2.7 g • Carbs: 9 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Sugar: 0 g • Protein: 4 g

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs asparagus (2 bunches)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp low fat sour cream
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a large pot, melt better on low heat. Add onion and sauté on low for about 2-3 minutes.

Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and disgard. Chop the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Add to the pot with the onions. Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender. Remove from heat, add sour cream and using your hand held blender, puree until smooth.

101 comments :

  1. this sounds great! I also make a lot of creamed soups with fat free half and half.

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  2. This sounds great - I can't wait to make it

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  3. omg!!! i just made this soup. it's so simple & so good--strong flavor & satisfying.

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  4. I made this tonight and it is delicious! Even my two year old daughter loves it.

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  5. Roxby13 from NY10/21/09, 9:20 AM

    Dear Gina,
    I'm so glad I've found your blog!..It's been the greatest find this year and thanks to your recipes I'm 2 lbs away from goal! The past 3 weeks I've been making a lot of your soups including this one and all I can say is that they're incredibly easy and so delicious I have to tell myself I'm not cheating!!LOL!
    Bless you for sharing such wonderful and healthy recipes with us!

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  6. I love soup this time of year and this is one of my favorites!! Thanks for the comments!

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  7. I am not a very experienced cook, so bare with me...but I don't have a hand held blender. Should I just pour the mixture into my real blender? thanks!

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  8. The blender is fine, just do it in batches or so you dont make a mess. You cant fill your blender to the top with anything hot.

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  9. I am eating this right now and it is delicious!!! A keeper recipe! Thanks for sharing it.:)

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  10. Just discovered this blog the other day. Starting WW in the new year to get off my last 7 pregnancy pounds, so it's great to find this blog and this soup was wonderful! Even my husband liked it! I probably ate more than 1 point worth, but that's a good thing. Thank you Gina!

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  11. You're welcome Karen! I love cream of asparagus and even if you had three bowls, you are still eating healthy!

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  12. Congratulations on your new baby! So adorable! Thanks also for sharing all of your recipes! Everything I have tried has been so easy & delicious & makes my success with WW easier without getting "bored"! Thanks again for the awesome website! Now my sister joined WW and loves your site as well!

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  13. @ Dan & Earlene- Thank you and I am so happy you're not bored with my recipes! Thanks for sharing with your sister!

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  14. Love this soup!

    Any way to post on my Facebook page?

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  15. I think you can post the link on facebook.

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  16. I read this recipe and remembered that I made some Weight Watchers Faux Guacamole with asparagus on Friday. I had some leftover so I added the chicken broth and sour cream. It is a spicy southwestern cream of asparagus soup!! Thanks for the idea!

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  17. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I love cream soups so this will definately help with those cravings!

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  18. My husband and I just got back from a lovely vacay at a fancy resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I had a creamed asparagus soup at the resort's French Restaurant and i loved it so much we went back a 2nd night just so i could have it again. I have read this blog several times and was soooo pleased to find your recipe. It tastes exactly the same---and bonus, it's a low point WW recipe! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

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  19. I just made this for lunch yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! I cannot wait to have my leftovers. Thank you for the recipe!

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  20. Just made this to have for dinner tonight... It is Delicious!!! I'm going to try the Cauliflower fritters too. Thanks so much.

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  21. I made this soup for dinner last night and it was a major success! I also made a 4 pt twice baked potato made with blue cheese and a small side salad. Thank you for a great recipe!

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  22. I don't know what i did wrong...it tasted just like chicken broth to me. Couldn't taste the asparagus at all.

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  23. Odd, did you use 2 lbs? Fresh asparagus? I can't see how you wouldn't taste the asparagus.

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  24. I put in tablespoons of bullion instead of teaspoons! Oops!

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  25. This is one of my favorites!!! I freeze half of this and bring to lunch with me at least once a week!!! What an easy and super yummy way to sneak in those pesky vegetables!!!!

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  26. Is the 4 pt twice baked potato with blue cheese recipe posted on your site? I
    couldn't seem 2 find it.
    Thanks, Susan

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  27. Can't wait to try this soup! Being on the WW program, the filling
    foods/soups are very important to my success! Please keep on posting n Thank
    You!
    Btw, our family is in luv with the pepper jack tomato soup @ Issac's Deli. Have
    you ever tried to make a creation similar to this?
    Thanks!!
    Susan

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  28. @Susan, no there is a twice baked potato, but no blue cheese in them. I've never had the pepper jack tomato soup, it sounds like a nice combination!

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  29. I'm a newcomer to your site, but I made this soup yesterday and it was amazing. Thanks for sharing your recipes! I'm trying the Baked Zucchini Sticks tonight!!

    Thanks again - this soup was wonderful. I brought a bowl to work today for lunch.

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  30. Welcome!! Glad you liked this soup. It's one of my personal favorites!!

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  31. I am new to your site and this is the first recipe I've tried. So simple and wonderfully delicious. My husband, who is not a huge soup fan, just loved it. It is so hearty and rich. Thank you!

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  32. I went to Germany a few years ago, and had cream of asparagus soup almost everyday. Asparagus is my favorite veggie and it was in season when I traveled over seas. This recipe brings me back to those little cafes that I enjoyed so much. I am new to this WW life style, and your recipes should help make this a wonderfule lifestyle change. Thanks so much.

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  33. awesome! I added a small amount of cornstarch to thicken it :) thanks for the awesome recipes, I have a brand new kitchen and need to get back on track, this is perfect!!! xoxo

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  34. this soup is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! so light and delicious. thanks for the fantastic recipe! i don't think i'd change a thing!

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  35. I had a massive amount of asparagus that I needed to use before heading out of town. I decided to check your site (which I love) for a soup recipe and YAY! SUCCESS! Once I looked it over, I decided to add more veggies since I didn't want those to go to waste either. In the end, I made it just as described here, but also with broccoli, carrots, and spinach (along with the potato). So, so good. Thank you!

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  36. I love this soup and your recipe! Thank you so much, Gina! I can't believe how low it is in points!

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  37. Love this soup too, I need to make this again soon!!

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  38. My hubby and I made this soup tonight and enough baby green, beet,goat cheese salad to take to work all week for lunch. I added some hot pepper flakes to the soup to add a bit of spice. Delicious!

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  39. I made this soup tonight and it was just as delicious as expected! The flavor was divine. Thank you for this fabulous and healthy recipe.

    I do have a question - my soup turned out a bit more green in color than the photo and a bit less creamy. I followed the instructions exactly. Is there anything you do or any specific technique you use to make it more creamy?

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  40. Made this and the creamy cauliflower soup today to freeze and pack for my lunch for next two weeks to bring with a simple mixed greens salad with a hard boiled egg and I am now looking forward to eating well in the new year!!!

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  41. this is so delicious and i'm not even a big fan of asparagus.

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  42. Made this and added celery, carrots, leek, green onions and a little corn. Also added bay leaf, crushed red pepper flakes...and a tad of left over chicken breast....it was awesome! Guess it isn't just cream of asparagus soup not tho...LOL

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  43. Is it still one point on the new points plus?

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  44. susq- I always make my soups like that! : )

    I've just adjusted points plus

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  45. Thanks you guys are teaching me to cook all over again. Now if I can just get my kids to eat it.

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  46. Hi, thanks for a great recipes I would like to try, but wondered if this is still good when re-heated? I get nervous with soups with creams and cheese when it comes to re-heating? Thank you!

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  47. I've seen a lot of cooks save the tough ends of the asparagus from other dishes to use for asparagus soup later. Do think this would be good that way? I've made a few recipes or sides with asparagus and I hate throwing those ends away.

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  48. I find the ends so fibrous, it's really a matter of taste but I prefer not to use them.

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  49. I don't have any fresh asparagus onhand but I do have 3 cans of... well, canned asparagus. Would this work just as well? (maybe don't need to cook it as long though?)

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  50. I'm sure it would, don't think you would have to cook it very long at all.

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  51. Ohh... my... goodness!!! I made this today and it is out of this world!! WOW!! SOOO not diet-y... tastes like something served at a high-class restaurant for about $8.00 a bowl! :)

    I divied up a bunch of servings of this soup to share w/ some of my WW friends. (as well as the Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken I made last night - also delicious!)

    I can't wait to try more recipes from this site! Way to go, Gina! LOVING this website!! Thank you for sharing!

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  52. Delicious can't wait to eat it again for lunch tomorrow!

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  53. I Just made this soup but I added a little bit of garlic and it is AMAZING. I love it. I just started WW and if I keep coming across recipes like this I know I can keep it up. Thanks

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  54. Just made this tonight for dinner. And for a one point meal, it's fantastic! Not to mention, SUPER filling. And the whole adding garlic to it sounds really good too. i'm definitely adding that in next time!

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  55. Loved this, Gina! I had frozen several bunches of asparagus bottoms (the woody end parts), plus a full bunch that I didn't have time to use up. Froze them raw, not cooked, so wasn't sure how the soup would turn out. Well, it turned out great and I can't wait to have it for lunch this coming week. I also added some raw spinach that I'd frozen. Good way to use up some 'freezer scraps'.

    Cheers,
    Araz

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    1. Same here! And no onion so I used onion powder. What an easy way to use up the woody asparagus bottoms in my freezer!

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  56. Yum yum!! This is really really good and so low cal! I'm going to have this as a snack during the day and make something else lowfat for lunch. Can't wait to eat more!

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  57. This is soooo good!!!! I just made it and am now eating it happily. thank you!

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  58. Hi! Would this soup not taste as good if you used vegetable broth instead of chicken? My boyfriend keeps kosher so he can't eat meat with dairy. Thanks!

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  59. This was so easy and delicious! Might make it as an appetizer during Thanksgiving.

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  60. I was very skeptical of this, but it was delicious. I ate leftovers for lunch today.

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  61. This soup is absolutely decadent! I couldn't believe how simple, yet delicious it was. Because of the low points and it was SOOOO good, I had 2 and 1/4 cups for dinner!

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  62. eating it right now. one word, delicious!

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  63. I've made about 10 things on this site so far and this is the first one that I won't make again. There was nothing wrong with it - just figured out I don't like asparagus as much as I thought. I'm going to try the cream of broccoli though because I like the concept.

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  64. I have been lusting over your website for a few weeks now and have shared it with many friends. I had the find the perfect recipe to try out my new Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender and I knew this was it!!!!

    I forgot the salt and pepper and it still tastes delicious! I used shallots (it's what I had), added sauted garlic, a small cubed potato and some fresh baby spinach. AMAZING! Made the garlic cheddar biscuits to go with it. Lunches this week will be great!

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  65. This soup is amazing! I asked my boyfriend if he wanted a bowl and he said no (I think he thought it would be too “healthy” tasting)… he tried mine… and got himself his own bowl!

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  66. Making this right now. Only had one bunch of asparagus on hand, so I subbed 1 lb of frozen peas for the second. Also added a handful of baby spinach that was about to go bad. Can't wait til it's done!

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  67. always delicious. I used fat free sour cream, and it was sooo creamy and yummy. This is seriously the best low fat sour ever :)

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  68. So good I drank it from the bowl...

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  69. I LOVE THIS SOUP! Easy and delicious! Can't wait to make more! :)

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  70. I added about an 8th of a teaspoon of dill to the soup. It really brightened up the flavor!

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  71. As with every recipe I have tried from your site...this was a HIT! Loved it! Sooo good. I did not even puree, just waited until the asparagus was nice and soft and then smashed with wooden spoon inside the pot. YUM YUM! Thank you so much for all of your hard work!!

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  72. This soup is awesome! I just finished making it and followed recipe exactly. I'm going to start making one of your soups every Friday and pair them with one of your wonderful sandiches.

    Made Skinny Enchilads on Monday. I had two, my husband had three and he took the leftover three for his lunch. They were wonderful. The sauce is out of this world. Will never buy another canned enchilada sauce again.
    Thanks Gina - keep them coming!

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  73. I have lost 100Lbs!!!
    And this soup is so very good and good for you.
    Thank you o so much for sharing it with us.

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  74. Although I love asparagus, I wasn't going to try this until a friend of a friend did and raved about it. I'm so glad she shared! I tried it and it is SO YUMMY! It's even yummier when asparagus is on sale! LOL

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  75. I think this is actually for 8 servings...this says 6 but I measured out portions after I made a full batch and definitely got 8.

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  76. I don't like sour cream. Do you taste it in this recipe, or is there an alternative I can use, or do I need to use it at all?
    Thanks!

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  77. This was really good. I didn't have sour cream so i used greek yogurt. I will make this again.

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  78. I have a freezer bag full of fresh asparagus from my garden and was planning on making a soup when I came across this recipe, I'm definitely going to try it... looks yummy!!

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  79. I made this today, it was really good. I added some hot sauce and low fat swiss cheese, very yummy!!

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  80. Hi Gina... not sure if you have been told yet, but your link to the 'hand blender' in your introduction to this recipe is not leading to anything... I have one of these, but just wanted to let you know. Meg

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  81. HI GINA ,I NOTICED YOU MENTIONED ABOUT THE THICKENING OF THE SOUP BY ADDING A PEELED POTATO. MY QUESTION IS WHEN DO YOU ADD IT AND DO YOU BOIL THE POTATO FIRST? THANKS

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  82. Hi Gina,
    I recently found your website and have fallen in love with it!! i love all of the recipes! i was just wondering if there is a way to subtitute the butter in this recipe? thanks :)

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  83. I just made this with reduced sodium broth. Not a good idea. It ended up being a flavorless pot of green liquid. Hopefully I will be able to jazz it up.

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  84. Very very very very good.
    Ariane

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  85. Just made this, mine was really thin then realised my two bunches of asparagus were obv v small bunches :) good news is it will tastes fab! :) can't wait to make it properly

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  86. Made this.. it was delish! thank you :)

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  87. absolutely delicious! how long do you think it will keep?

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  88. This recipe is wonderful and completely worth the sliced-open finger courtesy of the food processor!

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  89. I added about half a fresh jalapeno and cooked it along with the asparagus. That gave the soup a nice little kick! I also used greek yogurt instead of sour cream, b/c that's what I had. (made sure the soup was a little cooler before adding the yogurt, to avoid curdling)

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  90. Loved it! And it was also super easy to make! My husband loved it!

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  91. I'm so going to be cooking this weekend! Can't wait to make a batch of this and some of the other soups here ... I generally eat a lot of soup during the cold weather months for lunch and since these are so easy and less expensive than the soups I would normally buy in the cans, this is going definitely help me with my weight and keeping my cholesterol under control! Thank you!

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  92. Just made this again. This time I used unsalted vegetable stock and nonfat plain yogurt. It's delicious this way, as well.

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  93. With all the food sensitivities out there... I used Goat Milk plain yogurt, Gluten Free chicken stock, coconut oil instead of butter, half the amount of asparagus and just cut the rest of the ingredients in half and oooooo baby.... this recipe rocks. You have been added to my list of FAVE recipe sites. Thanks for the yummy recipe! This one goes on my Pinterest board promptly!

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  94. This turned out so yummy! I followed the recipe exactly....the only thing is, after I blended it, there were a bunch of stringy bits. What did I do wrong? I definitely want to make this again, as long as I can figure out how to get rid of the stringyness.

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  95. I thought this recipe couldn't get any better, I added bacon and made a liar out of myself. Thanks for the awesome recipe! :)

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