Creamy Asparagus & Mint Soup


creamy asparagus soup Since my last adventure with grilled asparagus salad, I had been itching to try the creamy Asparagus Soup which is considered to be a favorite way to devour the goodness of these stems. Its really easy to make, and there can be several variations that you can try. I chose to make a simple one with creamy white sauce mixed with onions, garlic and spices. Asparagus has a strong flavor by itself, so cream and mild spices help to tone it down a bit, accentuating it in a nice way. I chose to add a few mint leaves as well to give it a nice color, and a wonderfully fresh aroma!

I took inspiration from the traditional Cream of Asparagus soup recipe, and modified it a little to add the mild flavor of mint. I also reduced the cream a little to make it healthier, and substituted that with regular milk. With a touch of thyme, butter and black pepper, this asparagus soup is as refreshing to eat as it looks! Off this goes to Dee's Herb Mania featuring "Mint" this month!

Ingredients
Serves 4-6

2 tbsp + 1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp fresh cream (or whipping cream)
2 cups milk
3/4 pound fresh asparagus
1/2 white onion - chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic - chopped finely
3-4 mint leaves
water (as required)
salt and pepper - add to taste

Method
To make the white sauce, melt the 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan over low heat. Blend in the flour, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth. Then add the milk and cream, and allow to cook and thicken, all the while stirring constantly, so it does not stick or get burnt. Once it starts to bubble, remove from flame, give a final stir, and set aside to cool.

Take 1 tbsp butter in another wok; melt it, then saute the onions and garlic in it to it becomes soft and glazed.

Wash the asparagus and cut in 1/2-inch pieces. Cook asparagus in a small amount of boiling water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the cooked asparagus, and reserve the remaining liquid.

Set aside a few of the asparagus tips or pieces for garnish. Wash the mint leaves, and blend them with the cooked asparagus to form a smooth paste. Add the onion-garlic mixture to this, and blend again to make a smooth puree. Pass the puree through a food mill or press it through a sieve to remove smaller granules.

Now measure 1 cup of the cooking liquid and allow to boil on medium-heat; add water if needed. Then add the white sauce and pureed asparagus-mint mixture.

Heat thoroughly and check for taste; season with more salt and pepper if desired. Once done, remove from flame and allow to cool a little.

transfer the Asparagus soup into serving bowls. Garnish with a stalk or 2 of the reserved asparagus. Dash some more pepper on the top, or add some more cream if you like. Serve the hot and creamy asparagus soup with some breadsticks, and enjoy the goodness of the greens!

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend, and hope you have a great time with your bbq grills and your family & friends!

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17 comments :

Anonymous said...

mint sounds liek a nice addition! never heard of that combo before. thanks for the idea:)

~julie

Asha said...

Love the Asparagus, mint is a great addition,looks scrumptious!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, happy 4th!I will see you on Monday!:))

Sujatha said...

Asparagus, My favorite! I make asparagus dip, almost with similar ingredients, but I use cream cheese instead of Cream for a thicker consistency.. Mint sounds great! Bookmarked to try.. thanks for sharing, Mansi!

Cham said...

Looks creamy and pretty too :)

sharon said...

i generally add thyme..adds a nice taste; loved the mint idea too!

notyet100 said...

looks nice and tasty..

Sonu said...

yummmy...u always display a new thing in ur blog.
I totally unknown abt it.
Will try sometime.
Sonu:)

Pearlsofeast said...

Nice entry Mansi,Mint is a great idea and Me too love the soup and I have also made and posted in my blog.

Sunshinemom said...

Picture says more than words - thanks for the recipe - Today I go asparagus hunting:)

Rachel said...

Mint with asparagus...that is such a nice flavour..love the pale colour..gives a feeling of lightness

Manggy said...

This is gonna sound kind of weird but I've always loved Asparagus soup since childhood! Hahaha! Thanks for this yummy recipe Mansi! :)

Arundathi said...

that looks perfect. I love cream of asparagus...

SMN said...

Mint is a nice twist to the regualr creamy soup. shud try this..

Meeta said...

Mint and asparagus a lovely combo. asparagus soup is a classic and i love your little addition of mint!

Mandira said...

never heard of this comb before... but sounds delicious. will definitely try it soon.

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

Love the addition of mint! Always looking for good ways to use asparagus.

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this in delicious soup.. i like it