Monday, May 11, 2009

Asparagus Soup


With asparagus being in season now, I’ve been trying to use it in different ways. I used it to make a soup recently.

(For 3-4 servings)
A bunch of asparagus spears (20-25 medium sized stalks), trimmed
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
½ onion, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup milk
1 ½ - 2 cups water


Snap the tough ends off the asparagus spears. Chop the stalks coarsely into small rounds (for faster cooking).

Heat oil in saucepan on medium heat; add garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes. Sauté.

Add chopped asparagus, salt and pepper, and cook till the rounds are very tender. Add 2 cups of water (or more depending on consistency desired) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer.

Puree until smooth. I use an immersion blender and blended it right in the saucepan itself.

Add a cup of milk and continue to cook till the soup thickens. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot.


24 Burps:

Rachel said...

I just love the first pic...

karuna said...

the other day i tried this veggie in my pasta. not bad at all. I guess next up is a soup. Nice recipe. shld give it a try soon.

chef and her kitchen said...

Lovely soup with Asparagus

amna said...

Asparagus is so photogenic no? Love the first pic!

Finla said...

I have never made with green ones, i always make them with white.
This looks yummy delicous.

lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow looks yum.....

Cynthia said...

I've just been looking at all your posts I've missed. Gosh you take some fantastic photographs. Each one leaps off the screen and makes me hungry.

Sakshi said...

You always manage to come up with delicious soups like the celery one which I had made and we loved it. Now will try this one out too

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Comforting and a unique soup... Asparagus is one perfect veggie that goes well in any dish... Love the way the soup has turned out...

Raks said...

Thats a stunning picture of asparagus!! Soup looks so filling!

Vrinda said...

I am not a soup person,but i lov asparagus..Great shot TBC,looks yum..

Laavanya said...

I always end up roasting it - soup looks delish.

Soma said...

I am getting so much asparagus.. Just made my frittata with these. Next plan is the soup:-D.. aren't these things great to take pictures of?

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

looks yummy

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

soup is appetising... whats the next recipe

A_and_N said...

I'm not a huge Asparagus fan. While A is. So, I may just try this in one of my good moods :D

Unknown said...

I am missing asparagus...i haven't seen them here in the local stores in Mumbai. Hey the recipe is very nice...the soup is so tempting and the asaparagus snap too

Uma said...

Looks so rich and yummy.

Pooja said...

Highly nutritious and comforting soup as well :)

Unknown said...

Healthy soup! I have a similar recipe in my blog!!

ARUNA said...

soup looks yummmyyyyyyy!

Shyam said...

I'm burping this comment? :D Right. Just wanted to burp this: Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comments, and especially thanks for saying what you did in your comments! I hate pointless anecdotes on food blog posts too :) Especially if they dont even have the saving grace of being funny. God bless you for bringing that up! :)

TBC said...

Rachel, Prathibha, Nags & Kitchen Flavours- thank you for your sweet comments.:)

Karuna- I'd not tried this veggie for the longest time since it was not something I'd seen/heard of, growing up. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually very tasty.:)

HC- There are white ones?! I don't think I've seen them. But then I'm not very observant and would not find something unless I was actually looking for it.:D

Cynthia- you say the nicest things! :D Thank you for the compliment but have you seen your pics? ;-)

Sakshi- there's nothing to it, really! These days most veggies I buy end up as a soup or a thoran! :D
I am so glad you tried the celery soup and liked it. Also, thank you for letting me know.:)

Ramya- you are right about that. It is a very versatile veggie much like the potato. :)

Raks Kitchen- thank you.:)

Vrinda- I was not either but it has become a necessity these days. Thanks to all the weight I've been gaining, I'm trying to watch what I eat at least occasionally.:(

Laavanya- I too like roasted asparagus.:)
You must also try making a poriyal/thoran (if u haven't already) with it. It is so good! :)

Soma- they do make great subjects for food photography. My bunch had been sitting in the refrigerator for a couple of days and had started to wilt as is apparent from the tips seen in the pic.

Janaki- thank you.:) I have a couple of posts in my drafts folder. I think it's going to be one of those:)

A & N- you're going to be nice to him even though he made all those yummy desserts (which you could not eat) when you were doing your no-carbs thing? ;-)

Supriya- maybe you'll find it some of the more fancier places?
Thank you.:) It is nice to see you here.

Uma & Pooja- thank you.:)

Divya- yeah, I guess there is a version on everyone's blog.:)

Aruna- welcome, and thanks.:)

Shyam- I do stop by every now and then, but I've never actually left a comment till I made the taro root fry from your blog last month.:)

Regarding my comments- I'd been bottling it up for a long time, you know.:D I was in one of those moods today.:)

Anonymous said...

Healthy and simple :) Love the colour of the soup.

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