Sunday, February 14, 2010

Asparagus soup

I normally don't think about asparagus soup. But, a couple of months ago Peter and I bought (for reasons unknown to me) a package of frozen "baby" asparagus. This stuff frozen is a terrible product.

Then last week we inventoried our 2 freezers, the one in the fridge and the "geezer" freezer in our basement. There they were, those limp spears (once thawed). So soup came to mind. As with nearly any recipe you can add or subtract ingredients. Some carrot might be nice in this. I would think even some spinach could bring something to the party.

By the way, the croutons are homemade. Half of the stock was homemade (found in our freezer) and half came from a can (low sodium, low fat).

Asparagus soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1o oz. frozen baby asparagus, thawed
1/4 cup frozen edamame
1/4 cup frozen peas
onion powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, all to taste
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/3 cup heavy cream
juice of 1/2 lemon

Heat the olive oil in your soup pot and toss in the onion. Cook a few minutes until softened and then add the garlic. Cook 2 more minutes.

Add asparagus, edamame, peas, spices and stock. Bring to a simmer. Simmer slowly for 30 - 40 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor (do this in batches). Puree completely and return to the pot.

Add cream, bring to a simmer and check for seasonings. Simmer 10-15 minutes and serve in hot bowls with a spritz of lemon.

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