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Asparagus Soup

Bill and I just received an extremely generous thank you gift from my wonderful aunt and uncle. We spent many weekends over the winter watching their dog while they went skiing, and in return they surprised us with a Blendtec Blender! Bill and I have been wanting a Blendtec for months, we even put it on our vision board (For those of you who do not know what it vision board is, it is something that you create to try to attract the things you want in your life. This could be an object, a house, a soul mate, a job, etc. The idea is to use the pictures to visualize already having those things in your life. It is a fun, creative way to put all of your goals down on paper.). A Blendtec is similar to a Vitamix. It is a high speed blender that can make hot soup, cold ice cream, nut butters, home made flours, nut or seed milk, home made baby food, the list goes on. You also may know it from the “will it blend” videos. The Blendtec is known for blending the iPhone (we wouldn’t recommend trying it at home, we don’t think iPhone blending is covered under the warranty…)

For our first recipe using our Blendtec, we decided to make a delicious asparagus soup to have with dinner. We actually saw a recipe by Giada on The Food Network one day, and my aunt and grandmother had made asparagus soup in the past that was quite tasty. We decided to take our knowledge of a simple asparagus soup, and create a delicious one on our own.

*For those of you without a high speed blender, we of course will be giving the cooking instructions for how to make this soup without a blender. It is quite easy either way.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs fresh asparagus, ends removed, and chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 quart (4 cups) Imagine Free Range Chicken Broth
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined, virgin coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 cup chopped prosciutto (or pancetta), sauteed
  • Ground black pepper

Process:

  1. In a large soup pot on medium heat, saute onion and garlic in coconut oil, adding salt and pepper to taste. Saute until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add the asparagus to the pot, and cover with the chicken broth.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid and boil the asparagus until soft and tender.
  4. In a medium sized frying pan, saute prosciutto for 5 minutes, set aside.
  5. Transfer the soup to a food processor, or using an immersion blender, process until smooth. (You want a smooth, creamy soup. No chunks of asparagus.)
  6. Pour into soup bowls and sprinkle with ground pepper, prosciutto, and chives.

This soup was delicious! It was simple to make, and extremely tasty. We only wished that we would have made this soup sooner, so we could have enjoyed it during the many cold winter evenings we had. It is, however, a great spring soup, with wonderful flavor that will please any house guest.

As always, enjoy!

COMMENTS

  1. March 28, 2011

    Oh, yummm. I was waiting in anticipation all weekend for this recipe. Can't wait to try it!

  2. March 28, 2011

    The vision board! I love it. The Secret? I have a VitaMix on my wedding registry and I just keep envisioning myself using it to make all sorts of things, I'm GOING to get it! :)

    This recipe looks great, can't wait to try it out WHEN I get my VitaMix :)

  3. March 28, 2011

    I LOVE my Vita Mix! High speed blenders are amazing. The only thing about the Blend Tech is that it doesn't have a tamper, but it's so powerful I don't think it causes a problem. With my Vita, I love to make ice cream out of protein powder, coconut milk, fruit, and ice, thickened with guar and xanthan gum. It's like softserve!

  4. March 28, 2011

    Fully intend to make this tomorrow, with the help of my trusty Kitchen Slave, aka VitaMix. Sounds fantastic!

  5. March 28, 2011

    @Stace-hope you enjoy it! We made it again tonight for my moms birthday dinner and it was a huge hit!

    @Tara- thoughts DO become things, we have seen the proof many times. If you dream it, it will come…you will love your vitamix!

    @damnthefreshman15- that sounds delicious! We are having so much fun with ours. I finally made mashed cauliflower tonight (after failing many times, despite it being a classic low carb side dish haha), and it literally pureed the steamed cauliflower in 15 seconds. The simple clean up is the best. All we have to do is add a cup of hot water, a drop of dish soap and pulse it and it's clean! We can't wait to try some fresh fruit sorbets once the hot summer months roll around.

  6. March 31, 2011

    This looks incredible! Love the green!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. April 6, 2011

    I love hearing about the Vitamix and Blendtec. I always thought they'd be a big waste of money and I'd never use one…now I have to rethink that! Fresh fruit sorbet in the summer…hot soups in the winter…hmmmmmm

  8. April 6, 2011

    Nice looking asparagus soup!

  9. May 14, 2011

    I can't believe how good this was! This is one of those "simple-but-genius" recipes. I had some variation in the amounts – I did about 12 oz of asparagus, two cloves of garlic and a whole small yellow onion – but it was amazing. I thought I would save half for the next day, but it didn't last. Also, I am not eating any sugar products and can't find any sugar-free bacon or ham so I went without that. The chives alone tasted and looked beautiful alone but I added some crushed walnuts on top for a little variation in texture.

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