Asparagus soup

Asparagus soup

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A super-green and super-tasty vegetable soup with a few simple ingredients, including spinach and shallots

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal101
  • fat8g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • a little vegetable oil
  • 350g asparagus spear, stalks chopped, woody ends discarded, tips reserved
  • 3 shallot, finely sliced
    Shallot

    Shallot

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    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
    Spinach

    Spinach

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    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 700ml vegetable stock (fresh if possible)
  • olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • rustic bread (preferably sourdough), to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan until foaming. Fry the asparagus tips for a few mins to soften. Remove and set aside.

  2. Add the shallots, asparagus stalks and garlic, and cook for 5-10 mins until softened but still bright. Stir through the spinach, pour over the stock, bring to the boil, then blitz with a hand blender.

  3. Season generously and add hot water to loosen if needed. Ladle into bowls and scatter the asparagus tips over each. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with sourdough bread, if you like.

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tidysue
29th Jan, 2017
5.05
I really enjoyed this and it was my first attempt at making soup from scratch. It is a easy recipe, packed with flavour and made good use of the asparagus that was about to go over. I will definitely be making this again. I used frozen spinach and it worked just fine.
ema_0611
16th Jan, 2017
As far as green soups go, this is absolutely delicious. The generous helping of butter used to fry the asparagus is needed as it adds to the creaminess of the soup. The end result is more of a watery consistency than most of the other soup recipes I've followed on BBC Good Food so I added an extra handful of spinach at the end. Although the recipe says it serves four, I divided it into two portions since I've not paired it with bread.
Kaphoen
24th Apr, 2016
5.05
Made with home grown asparagus and added a tablespoon of crème fraîche to each serving... YUM
hansmuff
14th Oct, 2015
5.05
Very good recipe, didn't have much time and didn't know what to do with my asparagus. This took 10 minutes and made a wonderful dish. Thank you!
fairystoryteller
30th May, 2015
5.05
This made a lovely supper with chunks of granary bread. I used a whole bag of baby leaf spinach thinking I would add more stock if I needed to but the consistency was just right. Apart from the extra spinach I stuck to the recipe. My 17 year old daughter said it was the best soup she'd ever tasted and there were clean plates all round so I'll be making this again, especially as it is really healthy.
guywlmorgan
18th May, 2015
I replaced the spinach and garlic with wild garlic leaves. This worked very well and gave the soup a delicate garlic flavour which complemented the asparagus perfectly. I'm fortunate to know a good place to collect lots of this fantastic seasonal delicacy. I garnished the soup with a few of the wild garlic flowers.
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TheEightHours
12th Mar, 2015
I needed a bit of a health boost and ended up making this incredible soup based on loads of green vegs. It was so tasty and so good for you. https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/green-soup/
marniemouse
27th Feb, 2015
5.05
My favourite soup! So flavoursome, I made it for some friends and they wanted the recipe. I love recipes like this that have very few ingredients so easy to just pick up the asparagus and shallots and everything else I always have at home. Thank you!
janerichardson
30th Dec, 2014
Not impressed, however I was using up leftovers so had less asparagus and more spinach than the recipe said, otherwise I followed it. Tasted too "virtuous" for me - although good if that's what you're after - it was a lot better after adding a load of (also leftover) stilton!
Life Of Diva
8th Dec, 2014
Health benefits of Asparagus- The Spring Fruit Asparagus is fantastic for health and it marks the onset of spring. The vegetable is loaded with nutrients which makes it a must included vegetable in our diet. http://www.lifeofdiva.com/eating-healthy/health-benefits-of-asparagus/

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miagomezzz
5th Feb, 2016
How many days can I keep in the fridge for?
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goodfoodteam
21st Mar, 2016
This is best eaten on the day it's made for the best colour and flavour.
Kaphoen
29th Apr, 2016
5.05
If you have an abundance of asparagus, this soup freezes really well - just don't add any sour cream or crème fraîche until you're actually going to serve it.