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Apparantly you can make asparagus soup with the woody ends?

Soop Nov 2, 2010 06:22 AM

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.

  1. silkenpaw Nov 2, 2010 12:13 PM

    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.

    1. im_nomad Nov 2, 2010 09:35 AM

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

      1. Sooeygun Nov 2, 2010 06:32 AM

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

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        1. re: Sooeygun
          fourunder Nov 2, 2010 06:44 AM

          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
            Sooeygun Nov 2, 2010 08:46 AM

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

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          Harters Nov 2, 2010 06:27 AM

          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
            Soop Nov 2, 2010 08:16 AM

            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
            Maybe I'll get the book.

            1. re: Soop
              Harters Nov 2, 2010 09:05 AM

              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.

              1. re: Harters
                Soop Nov 3, 2010 05:46 AM

                ACE! Great hint Harters!

            2. re: Harters
              nvcook Nov 2, 2010 01:44 PM

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

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