I am refusing to let go of asparagus season, or what the German’s call “Spargel Zeit.” I’ve been stockpiling the ends. I carefully peeled all my spargel, cut the ends off, and then froze them until I had enough to create a farewell soup to the season. You can also use a batch of fresh asparagus. Make sure to peel them really well then save the tips for the last 20 minutes of cooking and after you’ve purée. This recipe worked exceptionally well-using almond or cashew milk instead of coconut milk. It allows the asparagus to come through without the bold flavor of coconut milk. Slice up a loaf of Century Bread smeared with fresh dairy butter! Any leftovers can go right in the freezer. I just pulled out a tub of this delicious soup and let it thaw and warm p a bit. Then I used my immersion blender to purée it since I had left a few good chunks of potatoes in it and they don’t freeze well. It was amazingly smooth and creamy. Meanwhile, I had been saving the ends of asparagus for a while now. I took them out of the freezer and added them the last 20 minutes of the cooking time. I topped it off with some organic smokey bacon and a few leek rings and holy moly what a treat! Vegan or vegetarian? No problem, leave out the bacon and enjoy!
You can use either green asparagus or white or a combo of both. I’ve done a variety of combinations and anyway you mix it, it comes out delicious.
Take a peek at the Salted Herbs I used on The Healthy Foodie’s site to see how to make them or read below for an alternative option. But…you’ll thank me later for turning you on to her site and her recipe….trust me!
CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP
- 1-quart almond or cashew milk
- 2-3 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley dry work as well
- 1/2 white onion chopped
- 2 clove garlic chopped
- 1 Tbsp salted herbs (see endnote)
- 4 cups asparagus ends divided or a fresh batch peeled and divided in half. Make sure they are peeled!
- 2-3 small potatoes peeled
- Step 1 Place the almond or cashew milk, organic chicken broth, and all the spices/herbs, onion, garlic and half of the asparagus in a large cooking pot on medium-low. Peel and cut potatoes in half and put them to the pot. While this begins to simmer, read below for a substitute option for salted herbs. It’s great for seasoning soups or adding to marinades.
- Step 2 Give your soup a stir, lower the heat, cover and cook for 25 minutes on low.
- Step 3 After 25 minutes check to see if the potatoes are soft. You might need a bit more time. When the potatoes are soft, use your immersion blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Stir in the reserved 2 cups of peeled ends or fresh asparagus tips. Taste and add more salt, seasonings or herbs to your liking.
- Step 4 Simmer for another 20 minutes while you set the table! Enjoy with or without bacon and leek rings.
- Step 5 The Salted Herbs are amazing. I got the recipe from Sonia’s site The Healthy Foodie. It makes a huge batch and keeps for months. It’s great for seasoning soups or adding to marinades. Sonia is from Canada and apparently she said this is a “must-have” in the Canadian kitchen. It is a combination of parsley, onions, garlic, carrots, celery and more covered in rock salt. It keeps for months in the fridge. If you don’t have this made in advance just add a selection of finely diced herbs and veggies of your choice. But her site is worth checking out, for sure.