Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Another day, another soup. Cream of Asparagus is on the menu. Tonight’s soup is brought to you by a lucky find from Asiana Market in East Providence. Asparagus is usually pretty expensive but Asiana had a ton of it at $2.39ish a bunch. I used 2/3 of the bunch for the soup. One third was used this morning for Oscar Benedict sans crab that Keri prepared for breakfast.  This soup uses Mirepoix as the base and takes about 20 minutes to make.

Asparagus

Recipe: Cream of Asparagus Soup

Ingredients

  • 2/3 bunch of fresh Asparagus
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 large stalk celery, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Using a pot steamer, steam the asparagus using the 3 cups of water for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the asparagus steams, mince all the other vegetables and sautee in butter/olive oil. Add Italian seasoning.
  3. Sautee until tender.
  4. Using a food processor or blender, blend the asparagus and water (There will be roughly 2 cups left that is now a broth of asparagus flavor) from steaming.
  5. Return this to the pot.
  6. Add the mirepoix and milk to the food processor and blend thoroughly then add to the pot.
  7. Stir on low heat until hot.
  8. Serve with fresh ground pepper.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Spicy Dal Soup

Spicy Dal Soup

We’re entering the last week of winter with a blast of cold up here in New England and I’m just about out of my stock soup ingredients. Luckily, I had just enough of the three main ingredients for Mirepoix plus a bit of fresh ginger and garlic, some hot peppers  and Dal for this soup.  It’s easy and quick to make and the heat of the hot peppers will warm you right up. If spicy hot is not your thing, the peppers can be left out. This recipe doesn’t call for salt.  You can add salt to taste but I find that the butter provides just enough.

Recipe: Spicy Dal Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 green onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 large celery stalk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 small hot peppers minced
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of Dal
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  1. Sautee mirepoix in oil.
  2. Add butter, peppers, and ginger.
  3. As the vegetables sautee, bring the water to boil in a pot. Add Dal to water.
  4. Add the spices and garlic to the mirepoix. Coat evenly and sautee for a couple minutes. Stir so it doesn’t burn.
  5. Add everything to the pot and cook on medium low for 20 minutes.
  6. Add more water if needed. The soup thickens up quite a bit.
  7. Serve with chopped green onion as a garnish.

Preparation time: 10 minute

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)