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Easy Creamy Asparagus Soup Recipe

April 22, 2012

Lately I have been struggling to cook. When you cannot eat the food yourself you lose that passion to cook awesome meals. It has been 10 months now since I last ate and chewed my way through an ordinary every day meal….one that you take for granted until something happens and you find yourself spending your days longing for a piece of steak, or a slow roasted leg of lamb. Pork chops done in cider with cranberry would be delicious…..as would perfectly pink duck breast served with some awesome sticky citrus sauce or some yummy quince jelly. A delicious lemon and thyme roasted chicken would hit the spot right now. But instead my days are filled, in reality, with whatever smoothie I can make with the ingredients and fruit that I have on hand, or what soup I feel like sipping….I can manage soft stuff like flaky fish, well cooked finely minced beef or lamb, soft pasta, pureed or smashed veggies….in other words stuff that doesnt require any heavy duty masticating! As in chewing people before your minds start wandering off the subject here. So with the struggle to cook comes the struggle to blog…they go hand in hand. You passionately bake or cook something that looks drool worthy on the photos and sounds delicious reading through the ingredients….you will be passionate and proud to get it up on your blog. That just hasn’t been it for me in a while. So when I DO manage to do something delicious (even if it is the dreaded soup or a smoothie) I feel a bit of that old passion returning and it gives me hope to know that the fires are not entirely ashes….that some embers are warmly flickering inside there, just needing some little bit of life breathed into them to burst into flame again. I hope those embers can withstand another 7-9 months….I sometimes feel that I cannot, but I am only just over half way through my treatment program. Next surgical procedure happens mid May. And then I feel depression settling around me like a heavy, grey, dull, asphyxiating blanket. Almost like when that very thick peasouper of a fog comes rolling in off the icy ocean to settle in the valley where I live….Above the valley the sun is shining…..2 miles out of town the sun is shining and everyone is having a wonderful day….while in the valley we feel only the damp dankness of the fog. We see no shining sun….we believe that the rest of the city is shrouded in the same wet blanket. I constantly remind myself,  daily, that I will not look beyond THIS day…..

Well, on THIS day I decided to make a new soup – not new in the sense of us never having eaten it before but new in the sense that I have never made this one before. At the end of last week I was at the Food Lovers Market and they had some beautifully fresh crisp green asparagus spears there so I bought almost 1kg of them with the intention of using them in a number of different ways. Needless to say they came in very handy for the soup that I made today – a creamy delicious green asparagus soup that has left me with a warm full belly and enough passion to do a blog post immediately! YAAY! And there is enough left over for 2 more helpings! Last week I made some stunning roasted butternut, sweet potato and apple soup. So very good….and I have about 5 portions left in the freezer for when I want some. Tomorrow I am making my Cold and Flu Busting Chicken Noodle Soup because yes…….I am fighting this head cold which seems to be winning at the moment. I cannot afford to be ill right now. I am into the final run of planning for the SA Food and Wine Blogger Indaba and it is taking up all my time and energy. Can not be in bed with a thick head now with so much to do. The pressure is on and I have to get the booking open this week.

So for now……..here is my recipe….I stood with paper and pencil next to me as I worked and wrote down what I was doing so that I could put the recipe up here. And it turned out really delicious.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 750g Fresh Green Asparagus spears – woody stem bits discarded
  • 1 Large Onion – peeled and chopped
  • 3 Leeks – washed and sliced
  • 1 Garlic clove – peeled and finely sliced
  • 30ml Olive Oil
  • 30ml Butter
  • 1 Liter Hot Chicken Stock (use Vegetable stock for the veg option)
  • 500ml Water
  • 6 Sprigs Thyme – leaves picked off and stems removed
  • Large bunch Fresh Parsley (about 25g)
  • 60ml  Cream or Crème Fraiche (optional)
  • ½ Lemon – Finely grated zest and juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 20g Parmesan Cheese – finely grated

METHOD

Cut tips from the asparagus (about 3cm from top) and reserve for garnish. Chop the remaining asparagus stalks up into 3cm pieces and set aside

Place large saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil, butter, onion, leeks and garlic and sauté for about five minutes, stirring often, until onion is limp and translucent

Add the asparagus pieces and the thyme and saute for another 5 minutes

Pour in the hot stock and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, with the lid on, for about 15 minutes until the asparagus pieces are tender

Take off the heat, cool slightly

While the soup is cooling bring about 500ml water to a rolling ball in a small saucepan with a good pinch of salt

Add the reserved asparagus tips and boil for about 3 minutes just until done. Refresh immediately in some icy cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside until needed.

Add the chopped parsley, zest and juice of the lemon to the slightly cooled soup and blend until smooth with a stick blender or food processor

Return to the saucepan, add the cream or crème fraiche (if using) and the parmesan cheese. Season to taste and stir over heat just until heated through

Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a few asparagus tips and some extra parmesan cheese

Asparagus Soup

Later this week I will be my making my families favourite broccoli and feta soup (YUM!) and then my Spicy Carrot Honey and Ginger Soup will follow….also fabulously warming and healing. I DO love the cooler weather!

Have a great new week everyone. Its a short one again for us in South Africa….and another short one next week too. Brownieboy is taking a day or two off in between and has a about a week or so off work. He needs it badly as he is suffering with a bit of stress and exhaustion, so the time off is going to be good for him!

browniegirl xx

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Simone permalink
    April 22, 2012 11:30 PM

    This sounds absolutely gorgeous!! I hope you can masticate before you run out of delicious soup ideas..for you obviously – I am happy with new soup recipes for as long as you post them. xx

  2. April 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    Colleen I am so sorry to hear that you are still battling with your mouth and that you still have so many months ahead of you. Best of luck with your next surgery. I’m sending you a big hug!
    This is a sensational asparagus soup – scrumptious!
    Hope you and Brownieboy enjoy lots of happy time together this week.
    🙂 Mandy

    • April 23, 2012 9:45 AM

      Thank you so much Mandy. I can really recommend this soup. It was sensational! xx

  3. Audrey permalink
    April 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    Looks delicious. How big is a bunch of parsley? The ones I used to get in SA were enormous.

    • April 23, 2012 9:46 AM

      Thank you Audrey. I have edited the recipe a bit to include the weight that I used….when chopped the parsley loosely fills about 1/2 cup! xx

  4. April 23, 2012 11:02 AM

    sounds yum! Hope you feel better soon, I am also suffering with PND and a sore throat which has to go by Wednesday xox

    • April 23, 2012 9:04 PM

      Oh dear Tandy, yours had better clear up very quickly!! Thank you so much. Hugs and have an awesome holiday xx

  5. April 23, 2012 11:15 AM

    I have saved the recipe because I just love good soup. So sorry that you are still unable to eat what you like – it must be really difficult for someone who loves food and cooking as much as you do. In the meantime please keep the soup recipes coming. 🙂

  6. Thekla Salmon permalink
    April 23, 2012 1:01 PM

    So sorry to hear about the challenges life is dishing out for you and am crazy impressed that you have managed to still keep as much enthusiasm as you have in your blog! This recipe looks fabulous and can’t wait to try it.

    • April 23, 2012 9:44 PM

      Hi Thekla, thank you so much for the visit and lovely comment. Really appreciate it and it gives me courage to go on! 😉 xx

  7. April 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    Shoo Colly, I don’t know how you’re doing it, you must be a very strong woman. All the best for your next surgery. This soup sounds amazing & I’m looking forward to the recipes for the others you mentioned:) Do you have a recipe for a cauliflower soup? X

    • April 23, 2012 9:45 PM

      Thank you sweetpea! You know they say a woman is like a teabag…you never know how strong she is until she is in hot water ;). Appreciate your lovely comment. And yes, I do have a recipe for cauliflower soup! I will blog it one of these days for you! xx

  8. April 24, 2012 2:52 PM

    Hi Colleen… I’m sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time currently, I hope you recover soon! Love the recipe, will give it a try and I’m looking forward to the rest of your soup recipes! xx

    • May 20, 2012 9:21 PM

      Dankie chillie darling. I appreciate the get well wishes. I will post more soup recipes. Just the Indaba is keeping me quite busy at the moment. Hope you enjoy this one. xx

  9. May 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    Hello Coll!!! How you doing now, hon? Hope a bit better, and that the fbi is distracting you. I’m slowly (whenever I can climb out of the vast amount of work I have lately) trying to catch up with all my favourite bloggers again. Keep blogging xx Linda

    • May 20, 2012 9:22 PM

      Hey Zabs, good to see you. Thank you so much for the good wishes. Yes FBI is distracting me big time LOL! Getting there. Just 4 weeks to go now. Hugs to you xx

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