Monday, May 10, 2010

Cabin Cooking: Fresh Asparagus Soup

Our asparagus is just starting to produce. I can cut the plump spears until mid-June. After that, I need to let them grow into ferns to replenish the roots for next year. My plot in the floating garden is pretty small, only about 1'X4'. Consequently, I like to use each spear to the max. I cut them carefully with a knife just below the soil level. In the kitchen I wash them and snap off the tough lower stem. They break at the tender point, but a little bit of good asparagus may remain below the split.

I like to make fresh asparagus soup with trimmings from the bottom ends. I cut off very thin slices until I feel resistance on the knife. If there isn't enough asparagus, I cut a few more whole spears into very thin slices. To that I add two slices of onion, half a stalk of celery and a few strips of bell pepper also cut into very small bits. I bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add the veggies.

I cook the veggies on simmer for about an hour and use a wire whisk to mash and blend them together. I like a rustic soup including the bits of veggies. (If you like a smooth soup, you can put it in a blender and strain out the pulp.) Then I cut several whole spears into 3/4 inch pieces to add at the end.

I put 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup milk in a container with a lid. Vigorous shaking blends it well. I add the milk and flour mixture to the cooked veggies and continue cooking it over low heat to thicken. I add another 1/2 cup of cream (or milk if you prefer) and the larger pieces of asparagus. Simmer long enough for the asparagus chunks to soften. Season to taste with salt, pepper and herbs (I like thyme).

This recipe makes enough for two good size servings. I think it tastes so good because I know it came partly from my garden.

Do you have any good soup recipes? I'd love to hear about them. -- Margy


  1. Great post and recipe Margy. The first cuttings of asparagus have happened here and it is such a treat to stop and buy them from a roadside driveway. They never stay around long enough to be made into soup! Have a great day.

  2. bit early yet for Asparagus here...I love to grill it ...bit of olive oil, black pepper on the spears and grill just till simple and delicious...yummmm

  3. I love asparagus and didn't even think about soup! Thanks for sharing! Usually I put mine in quiche or I broil them w/ olive oil, sea salt and parmesan cheese.

  4. That looks yummy! I love asparagus, but keep moving before they are grown enough to harvest. Where I am now -not enough warmth or sun.
    I love to see what others are doing, however! good work!