Friday, March 11, 2011

Nutritious Asparagus Soup with Lemon Sauteed Tips


It is still cold and windy outside. Yesterday curled up on the couch after dropping my little one to the school, reassuring myself that its just the last phase of the unfavorable weather and started watching Television. I couldn't resist making myself a  bowl of good soup to rejuvenate my tired soul after having four rounds to the school of my little one. This is when I thought of putting to use a bunch of Asparagus I had picked up from supermarket a day before.


Asparagus is full of nutrients and minerals - Vitamin A, C, K, folic acid, potassium. A wide array of dishes can be cooked with this simple yet most detoxifying and anti  aging vegetable on the planet. It can be enjoyed as raw or added to the pot of mixed vegetables and at times makes a nutritious pizza topping. I like it in all forms but the most delightful way is to have it as a warm bowl of soup.


I borrowed a part of my recipe from the marthastewart.com. My recipe is never complete till I add some ingredients and delete few to please the taste buds of my family. So here I added almost all the greens I had at home - fresh spinach leaves, sweet peas, green onions and some moong (green lentil) bean sprouts as well.
Here is a quick recipe for the soup with fresh asparagus. An ultimate refreshing and healthy soup.... !


Ingredients:
Asparagus: 1 bunch
Spinach : 1/4 cup
Peas: a small handful
Green onion: 1
Garlic : 1/4tsp, grated
Heavy Cream: 1/4 cup (or add yogurt )
Milk: 1/4 cup
Salt/Pepper : to taste
Butter: 1 tsp
Water: 1 cup
Zest of Lemon
Moong bean sprouts: few, gently sauteed for garnishing


Method:
Cut the tips of the asparagus and save the tips to be sauteed later.*
Cut the rest of the asparagus stalk into 1'' pieces.
Remove hard ends.


Melt a teaspoon of butter in a saucepan and saute chopped onion, garlic, spinach and the stems of asparagus.
Add some water and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes till the stems are tender.
Let it cool and blend in a mixer to make smooth puree.
Boil hard-ends in a separate container for 10-15 mins to extract flavor.
We will mix it with the puree now to enhance its flavor.
Heat the puree again, add salt, pepper and heavy cream to taste.
Adjust the thickness of the soup to taste by adding milk.
Garnish with spoonful of moong bean (green lentil) sprouts for more healthy crunch.
Inviting and vibrant creamy soup is ready.
Enjoy hot with garlic bread.


Lemon Sauteed Asparagus Tips:
Wash the tips of the asparagus thoroughly in warm water.



Saute the tips of asparagus in olive oil.
Add the zest of lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add a pinch of Garam Masala & squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top.
Toss for few minutes in the frying pan & garnish with parmesan cheese.


My family simply loved this combo, So let me know how you like it ... !

Sharing this recipe with Simple Lives Thursday 35thEdition

& Participating in recipe lion blog hop



Nutritious Asparagus Soup With Lemon Sauteed Tips on Foodista


56 comments:

Shobha said...

Looks so delicious and healthy too.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Absolutely stunning presentation... Lovely...

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Superb presentation...soup looks delicious

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Arthur said...

I love the presentation. This dish would WOW guests at a party.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Yummy and healthy soup. Lovely presentation, especially the asparagus picture looks really great.

Priya said...

Fabulous clicks, comforting bowl of asparagus soup...yumm!

Steph @ okie dokie artichokie said...

The asparagus looks absolutely gorgeous. I have a weak spot for them. If they look beautiful at the market, I can't help but pick up a bundle. So great! And this soup with the bread and lemon...everything combined looks delicious. So fresh and clean! :-)

Kankana said...

i know !! everybody is waiting for the spring .. tired of sweaters and jackets and tired of staying at home.. It's just round the corner and soon we will all be drinking lemonades and more afternoon cocktails :)

Gulmohar said...

Spring is around the corner, still it's cold here too :-) Perfect soup to warm you up :-)

Shobha said...

Hi Sonia,
There are some awards for you. Please visit AWARDS GALORE-9 on Food Mazaa to pick up your awards.

Vidhya said...

Lovely pictures and loved the soup and sauteed tips.

Firefly said...

Healthy and yummy, I love it and it looks so good!

Sonia said...

I'm so glad that you all liked the soup. Thanks everyone... !

Swathi said...

Soup looks dleicious and comforting for cold days. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have nice space too.

Anh said...

beautiful styling! I am such a big fan of asparagus

the foodie said...

The soup looks really good...the picture of the asparagus is the show stopper..I have never used asparagus...now I got to make this..lovely presentation..kudos.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks healthy and delicious...
lovely presentation and nice clicks too...
Bookmarked it :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely soup, full of green veggies! That's just how I like mine.

Krishan said...

What a lovely presentation. The green
green soup should be tasty and delicious.The photo-ops are really
stunning.

Lin Ann said...

I like to do the same thing, tweak recipes for my and my family's taste. Sounds like a wonderful meal. Stunning photography! I love the way you arrange the food and presentation. Beautiful

Hind said...

Great soup!!!It must be very tasty.I want to finish it up to the last sip.Your presentation and photography unbeatable!!!!!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious flavours looks wonderful

Pam said...

Beautiful photos and presentation! I love asparagus.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wonderful soup and first class pictures :-) thanks for visiting my blog

Rebecca

Sonia said...

Thanks guys for stopping by my space and leaving a note of appreciation. Your each and every remark is precious for me... !

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Your soup looks delicious. I love asparagus!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!

This is such a great soup for this time of year. I recently made a similar, cream-less version (http://bit.ly/e56TdG).

Happy (almost) St. Patrick's Day!

Sonia said...

Thanks to all the lovely people out there and the Foodbuzz for featuring the soup on top 9... !
You have made my day...!!!!!!!!

Shilpa Sharma said...

Sonia, beautiful blog. Love the pictures (and your presentation) and the soup looks very moreish. I will have to try it soon. Also, loved reading your Curried date rolls recipe - will have to give that a go soon too - quite unusual...

Shilpa

aipi said...

completely blown over by your fabulous presentation! The soup looks really hearty n tasty..


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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Oh honey, that looks amazing! I always enjoy your prep shot. :)

Trix said...

What beautiful photos and creative presentation - so glad to have found your blog!

Our Eyes Eat First said...

just stunning - your pictures and the way it was presented - lovely!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delightful! I can't wait to eat the first asparagus of the year.

Cheers,

Rosa

Susi said...

Gorgeous presentation! Love the shot of the prepped asparagus. This sounds like a great soup, with lots of flavor from all the asparagus goodness. Yum!

Anonymous said...

woah, momma! sounds delish. might try with something other than heavy cream. thanks for sharing! saving to my online cookbook (http://cookmarked.com).

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so flavorful soup..beautiful presentation.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

What a great soup! I love the asparagus and lemon flavors together. I would have never thought to pair the two in a soup. Great job on this!

Ilke said...

Congratulation on the Top 9. Lovely picture!
It looks like you know how to handle your asparagus :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

first time here.....soup looks absolutely delicious....wow...you have a wonderful blog too...awesome...happy to follow you ! do visit mine whenever you have time !

Carolyn said...

Love the idea of the sauteed tips complementing the soup here, it sounds delicious!

Gourmantine said...

The petit servings look superb and the photos are stunning!

Parsley Sage said...

I can see why you're top 9! Yum yum yum!

Suman Singh said...

First time here..you have a lovely space with great collection of recipes..Glad to follow you.
Soup looks delicious...love the lemon and asparagus combo..AMAZING picture too!

Sanjeeta kk said...

That is a lovely, healthy soup. Beautiful blog and am glad that I came here. Best wishes.

Now Serving said...

Lovely presentation of a delicious and healthy soup :)

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour said...

This asparagus soup looks soul warming and healthy! This is my kind of food!

Dimah said...

Wow, this looks amazing! Yum

Aurelia said...

Sounds and looks delicious, and fantastic presentation! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I love soups :)

I'm also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that's how I found your blog.

Christy said...

Your pictures are truly art - they are just beautiful! AND I love your dish - I can't wait for the asparagus from my son's garden to try this..yum! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

A little bit of everything said...

we love asparagus, even made some asparagus soup over the weekend. Yours sounds super tasty. love the presentation. Thanks for sharing

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow.....creamy and drool worthy soup....love the pics....they make me carve for soup right now.....

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and Happy St. Patricks Day! Love asparagus soups when I need to take a break from a long day. We, Indians would use mung bean sprouts in a soup like this. And everything else. Love it :)

Eva said...

Sounds wonderful! I love the detailed step-by-step photos too, they're absolutely lovely :)

Sarah said...

Hi there!
Thanks again for participating in our last blog hop! Our latest hop focusing on spring-time recipes is live right now. This asparagus soup idea you posted would be perfect to show off. Hope to see you there!

You can see the hop here:

http://www.recipelionblog.com/fabulous-food-friday-march-blog-hop


Thanks,
Sarah
Editor
RecipeLion.com
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J L Health 918-836-0565 said...

Great recipe. I love asparagus as a soup or lightly steamed.

Great post and your pictures are beyond description!

Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

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