Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cream of Asparagus End Soup

I had a lot of woody ends of asparagus leftover and I hate waste so I looked around for things I could do with them. Soup seemed to be what google suggested so I set about making some. This is a bit of a faff as you have to boil the ends for ages and then blitz and then pass through a sieve or you end up with lots of stringy bits in your soup. This recipe produced a really lovely flavourful creamy soup.

Cream of Asparagus End Soup
(Serves 4-6)

25-60 asparagus ends
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
juice 1/2 lemon
60ml cream to taste
salt and pepper

Place the asparagus ends in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-40 mins until the asparagus is very mushy.

Blend the asparagus and blitz it using a hand blender. Tip the asparagus into a sieve over a bowl and squash to get as much liquid out as possible. Reserve the liquid.

Heat the oil in the large saucepan and add the onion and potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 mins.

Add the reserved asparagus stock and simmer on medium low for 20-30 mins until vegetables are very soft. Using a hand blender blitz. Add lemon juice, cream and salt and pepper. Serve.

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