So I made this tonight for dinner and thought I'd share it with you. If anyone is still around. Otherwise, hey T, look what I made for dinner:
Potato and Asparagus Bisque
6 slices bacon (I used a whole package)
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 diced celery
1 quart chicken broth (4 cups)
1 bay leaf
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tbs thyme
2 cups peeled diced potatoes
1 10 oz. box frozen cut asparagus (I used fresh actually)
1 cup heavy cream (I used half and half)
Cook bacon until crisp in a 3 quart soup pot. Remove bacon reserving 2 tbs drippings. Crumble bacon. Cook onion and celery in drippings until tender. Add broth, bay leaf, salt, pepper, thyme, and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are soft. Once they are soft, mash the potatoes with a potato masher (loosely - not to a pulp). Add asparagus; simmer for 5 minutes. reduce heat to low, stir in cream and bacon. Simmer for 3 minutes (don't let boil).
So good my 5 year old will even eat it... at least the bacon part...