Velouté d’asperges (Cream of Asparagus Soup): A Recipe

Asparagus Soup Recipe

It is going to be a soupy winter, I can feel it. Already 3 soups cooked and the weather isn’t even really cold yet. Like today, I am catching up on all the ironing and have my doors and windows open. It is overcast, and sort of gently drizzling, but wonderful cool without being cold.

A gentle gentle soup today. Not one for people who like punch in their food. This one is like cream velvet. Gentle. Reflective. Inner. Wonderful.

Did you know that the use of asparagus was introduced into the grande cuisine of France under the Italian influence during the Renaissance? It was part of a progressive change in eating habits in France that gave more emphasis to vegetables, long considered the food of peasants.

Asparagus Soup Recipe

Velouté d’asperges: Cream of Asparagus Soup

Source : inspired by The Heritage of French Cooking
Cuisine: French
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

ingredients
750g small green asparagus
a gentle herb – chervil if you can get it. I can’t so I used some lemon verbena and a tip of lemongrass.
1.5 Tblspn extra virgin olive oil
1 Tblspn arrowroot
1 cup milk
salt and freshly ground pepper
large pinch of nutmeg
3 Tblspns thick crème fraîche or thick cream

method
Cut off 3cm tip of the asparagus and reserve. Slice the remainder into think rounds. Rinse the herbs and pat dry.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook the asparagus rounds for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until just browned. Add the herbs and 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Purée the asparagus mixture in a blender or using an immersion blender. Strain to remove any solids.

Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and add the arrowroot mixed with the milk. Add salt and pepper to taste and the nutmeg.

Put the pan over low heat and bring the soup back to the boil, and boil for about 4 minutes stirring all the time. Add the tips of the asparagus. When the soup is thick and the tips are just cooked, remove from the heat and add the crème fraîche. Stir to mix.

Serve at once, or it can be served cool.

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20 Responses to Velouté d’asperges (Cream of Asparagus Soup): A Recipe

  1. Beautiful soup, I must give asparagus another chance… I’m always getting hard time getting good ones, always too chewy.

    Have a nice day, Margot

    Hi Margot, yes, pls give them another chance. Just break off the chewy end of the stalk and use the rest.

  2. Madhavi says:

    Yummmyyyy soup, great recipe, looks delicious!!!thanxx for sharing.

    http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

    Thanks, Madhavi. Welcome, great to have you here and glad you like the soup.

  3. shriya says:

    I recently started to love asparagus and I got the perfect recipe here. Its really very inviting and yummy soup.

    I love asparagus served very simply – quickly steamed and served with a tiny bit of butter and maybe lemon juice. Some white pepper. Or finely ground black pepper. Another way I like it is quickly char grilled and tossed thro pasta. Oh so very good.

  4. different soup recipe..thanks for sharing

    Hi Athisays, thanks for visiting! It is a great soup with a French flavour.

  5. Priya Mahesh says:

    love the soup….

    Thanks, Priya. Wonderful to hear such comments :-) Makes my day.

  6. Suganya says:

    Creamy and easy on waist line :). I use cornflour, but arrowroot sounds good too.

    Oh great to know that cornflour works well too.

  7. Huckleberry says:

    Hmm, that’s a good idea. I just bought some asparagus at the farmers’ market, and maybe I’ll make soup this week. We’re starting to get spring vegetables here, and I love spring soups.

    Food Is Love

    You are right, food is love. Happy soup making.

  8. A-kay says:

    Wow – that looks divine :) I can easily omit the creme for hubby dear (most milk products are a no-no for him). I am definitely trying this. Thanks for linking my soup, btw!

    Hi A-Kay, it is really lovely. Omit the cream, but maybe some other substitute? A nut milk, maybe?

  9. Charles says:

    Hi, as you can see this is my first post here.
    I will be happy to receive any assistance at the beginning.
    Thanks in advance and good luck! :)

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