Creamy Asparagus Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup |

Everything about this asparagus soup was pretty much mediocre. It wasn’t too hard to make but it wasn’t too easy, either. It tasted pretty good but it certainly wasn’t outstanding. I love the taste of asparagus raw, steamed, and roasted…so I just assumed that this recipe would be an automatic home run. It occurred to me, though, that different kinds of people have different kinds of tastes and that I shouldn’t exclude it just because *I* thought it was average. Perhaps this is a great recipe that I just can’t appreciate yet. Maybe it just needed more salt, LOL!

So here’s how you make it:

  • Cut the tips off 2lbs of asparagus and set aside. Cut the stalks into 1″ pieces.
  • Saute 1 medium white onion and 1/4 cup of pine nuts in butter for about 5 minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of vegetable broth, asparagus stalks, 1 teaspoon of thyme and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • While broth is simmering, boil asparagus tips in water for 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  • Puree broth and stalks and cooled tips in a food processor until smooth.
  • Return to pan and slowly stir in 1/2 cup half-and-half cream, the juice of 1 lemon, salt and pepper.
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