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asparagus soup


simply delicious

A very beautiful creamy and special asparagus soup to give as a starter or a prelude to your evening meal.

A seasonal spring delicacy in Argenteuil area of France, the asparagus makes a superb soup which is sure to satisfy everyone. Be sure to try it as the flavour of this homemade French soup is so superior to any canned version!


INGREDIENTS

500gm fresh asparagus

1 onion, finely chopped

125ml vegetable stock

1 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsps plain flour

1 tsp salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

300ml (½ pint) vegetable stock

250ml soya milk or semi skimmed milk

125ml plain yoghurt

1 tsp lemon juice

4 tbsps grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


METHOD

1. Place asparagus and onion in a saucepan with 120ml vegetable stock. Bring the stock to the boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the vegetables are tender.

2. Reserve a few asparagus tips for garnish. Place remaining vegetable mixture in an electric blender and purée until smooth.

3. Melt butter in the pan that was used for simmering the asparagus and onions. Stir while sprinkling flour, salt, and pepper into the butter. Do not let the flour brown. Allow the mixture to cook only 2 minutes.

4. Stir in remaining 300ml vegetable stock and increase the heat. Continue stirring until the mixture comes to the boil.

5. Stir the vegetable purée and milk into the saucepan. Whisk yoghurt into the mixture, followed by lemon juice. Stir until heated through, then ladle into bowls.

Garnish with reserved asparagus tips.

Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.