Before asparagus season is over, here’s my father’s asparagus soup recipe.
It’s super simple, really, no kitchen acrobatics required. And I don’t know about your family, but my kids love asparagus soup and so does my husband (even though he doesn’t really like soup).
And the best thing is that it can be served both warm or cold, and you can use broccoli instead of asparagus.
Also, it seems that there are two types of people who love asparagus: the ones who prefer white and the ones who prefer green. My parents prefer the green variety (and I think I do too as the stalks as thinner and the vegetable is therefore more pleasant to eat. My parents-in-law are fans of the white asparagus and eat it with mashed potatoes and cured ham, with sauce hollandaise.
My parents on the other hand, make asparagus the Polish way, which means they melt butter in a pan and add bread crumbs to create a golden delicious sort of sauce for the asparagus (they also do the same thing with cauliflower).
In the Netherlands and Germany, you will see the start of asparagus season as all the restaurants will suddenly offer them. Especially, in Germany, you will see little stands popping all over the place. These stands sell two things and two things alone: strawberries and asparagus.
The cool thing about asparagus is that while we usually eat leaves, roots or fruit of a plant, in asparagus, like rhubarb, we eat the stems.
Asparagus can be eaten in a variety of dishes, like we make it- with potatoes and ham (or salmon or egg). The thin green stalks can be used in stir-fries. Or, you can make soup. In fact, soup is my favorite way to prepare asparagus.
Let’s talk a little about asparagus pee. Not sure how many of you noticed the weird smell your pee gives after eating asparagus. In fact up to 50% of you have the “talent” to discover this smell. First it was thought that only some people secreted sulfur compounds from the asparagus into urine. Then, it was thought that only some people could smell it. Later, it was found that there are variations in both traits. According to Myths of Human Genetics, some people secrete the compounds in their urine but can’t smell them, while some people don’t secrete the compounds but can smell them in other people’s urine.”
Without further ado, here’s my father’s asparagus soup recipe.
- 500g asparagus
- 500g potatoes
- 1,5 l broth
- salt and pepper
- creme fraiche to taste
- Heat the broth. I usually use a broth cube because it's quicker.
- Peel and dice the potatoes.
- Peel the asparagus and cut it into strips of around 2cm length.
- Set the asparagus tips aside.
- Put the potatoes and asparagus (without the tips) into the broth and cook until soft.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- In a blender, blend together the soup until creamy. I use my stand mixer.
- Heat up the soup again, and add the asparagus tips.
- Cook for another few minutes or until the asparagus tips are soft.
- Serve with cream.
- You can also add curry or cumin.
- This recipe is also great for broccoli or cauliflower soup.