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Asparagus soup recipe without cream

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This asparagus soup recipe without cream was just the ticket today when summer decided that it didn’t want to stay after all. The skies are grey and there’s a feeling in the air that rain may appear at some point too.

Asparagus soup recipe without cream

Last night I cooked a really simple Spanish asparagus recipe and I had kept the woody ends and stalks for a soup today. This soup is a corker. It takes about half an hour from start to finish, but most of that is simmering time. This soup is seriously creamy even though there’s no cream in it. Enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 1 to 2)

  • About  200 grams of asparagus stalks and ends, chopped into half inch pieces. Hopefully you’ll have saved the trimmings from a couple of big bunches last time you had the spears. Feel free to bin anything TOO woody though
  • Half a litre of chicken stock
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 heaped tablespoons of grated parmesan
  • Large knob or two of butter


  • Saute the onions in the butter until they are translucent
  • Throw in the garlic and asparagus and stir well
  • Pour in the chicken stock
  • Bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer
  • Leave it to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the asparagus is tender
  • Remove it from the heat and blend it. If you use an immersion blener, you’ll want to pass it through a sieve too because asparagus can be pretty fibrous
  • Return to the heat and add the parmesan
  • Once hot, serve in a mug for a warming lunch or in a bowl with some crusty bread

Spain Buddy tips

  • You can make batches of this and freeze it. Freeze it before adding the cheese though.
  • Once served, sprinkle with crispy croutons, chopped crispy bacon or a couple of freshly cooked asparagus spears
  • Really… don’t add cream – it really will be too rich
  • Don’t add salt, the stock contains enough
  • Speaking of stock, veggies can use vegetable stock
  • You can add herbs if you really want to – but I prefer to let the asparagus and parmesan sing

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4 Responses to Asparagus soup recipe without cream

  1. Wandering Educators April 23, 2015 at 2:39 am

    YUM! I love anything asparagus, but I especially love asparagus soup. Will make this soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper April 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    A pleasure! It really is very creamy so to add extra cream would make it too much I think.
    Enjoy it when you make it, and let us know how you get on. Do sieve it first though – it is pretty fibrous.
    Elle x

  3. Mary @ Green Global Travel April 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Perfect timing with this recipe! Asparagus is in season and this is a great way to use it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper April 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    A pleasure Mary! I’m doing some more tomorrow because I’ll have some left over after doing the following recipe tonight with some buñuelos de bacalo (cod fritters).
    Thanks for popping by x

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