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Recipe – Nicole’s asparagus soup

Nicole gives us her Asparagus soup recipe.

This recipe is sure to become your go-to, whether you’re cold, feeling a bit under the weather or simply in need of some comforting soup, this is a must try- with shockingly little ingredients and time needed for how good it tastes! I first tried this as a starter in what was otherwise a seemingly underwhelming hotel restaurant. As someone who isn’t overly keen on asparagus, it took my boyfriend convincing me to try it from his bowl for me to fall head over heels in love (with the soup of course). It was a beautiful bowl of creamy asparagus goodness, paired with stretchy salty cheese and crisp croutons on the side- and after some trial and error, I learnt how to make it at home.  

Ingredients (Makes around 4 servings of soup) 

3 tablespoons of butter 

2 cloves of garlic, minced  

900G asparagus, remove the ends and cut remaining stalk into 2cm pieces 

450 ml Vegetable or Chicken stock 

130 ml double cream 

Salt and pepper 

A sprinkle of cheddar cheese (Optional) (make sure to grate it yourself- pre-grated cheese doesn’t melt as well) 

Method 

Placing your pot over medium heat, melt your butter and add your garlic, cooking until fragrant. 

Add your asparagus and season with salt. Cook this until golden in colour. 

Add your stock, cover the pot and leave to simmer until your asparagus is still green, but tender. This should take around 10-15 minutes of simmering.  

Once cooked, turn off the stove and remove pot from the heat and begin to blend until smooth. 

Once blended, add your cream, place the pot back onto the stove over low heat, seasoning the soup with salt and pepper to taste- when serving, sprinkle cheese on top of each bowl and stir (This is optional). 

And that’s it! A soup that is easy to make, involves little effort, ingredients and time, and is sure to impress anybody who tries it! Not to mention- this recipe can be modified to be fully vegan! With plant-based butter and cream, as well as the optional cheese to go on top. You can also get creative and try adding more vegetables to your soup- my recommendations being onions, broccoli and potatoes- but add whatever you can think of really- its sure to win anybody over. 

Image: Doug Beckers/CC BY S.A 2.0 via Flickr 

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