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Apparantly you can make asparagus soup with the woody ends?

I was watching Jamie Olivers 30 minute meals and he mentioned in passing to save the ends to make soup. Sounds interesting, and I usually just chuck them.

Does anyone know a recipe for asparagus-end soup? Not sure how much it would make either.

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  1. I assume you'd just cook them in stock for a while and then blitz in a blender. Because they would quite woody, I'd reckon you'd need to pass it through a sieve.

    FWIW, that recipe for the asparagus lasagne is deffo on my list to try!

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    1. re: Harters

      Still no blender :(

      Asparagus lasagne sounds good... I wanted to record them all, but it's stupid, because there's about 2 hours of them, and my computer wants to record them again on 4+1
      D:
      Maybe I'll get the book.

      1. re: Soop

        Soop - try Sainsbuty's for the book. They had it the week before the series started at something like nine quid - and it retails at 26.

      2. re: Harters

        I think if you peeled the outer layer off you wouldn't have that woody texture.

      3. I would use them to make asparagus stock and then use the stock to make the soup.

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        1. re: Sooeygun

          This is the approach I take using with about four bundles of discards and the shavings and peels of other vegetables...I make a stock. I then take my very large meat tenderizer and smash the asparagus ends to squish out the the liquid from the stalks. The vegetables are then passed through a china cap to strain the remaining liquid. To complete the soup, the stock is seasoned to taste and finished with cream. Asparagus tips and Crabmeat for a garnish.

          If you like a thicker body soup, mix with some pureed peas or pea soup.

          1. re: fourunder

            Exactly what I was thinking. Although I hadn't thought of the peas. Good idea.

        2. Sure can, also with broccoli stalks and the like. With asparagus, you just peel the woody ends ...don't you ?

          1. You collect the woody ends (in the freezer) until you have enough for a reasonable amount of soup. Then cook the heck out of them and puree in blender or food mill. Use any asparagus soup recipe for seasoning and garnish.