Sunday, May 23, 2010

When The Garden Brings Asparagus... Make Soup!


We have an excellent crop of asparagus this year, as we usually do. While I eat it in salads, I admit I'm not the biggest fan of raw asparagus. I enjoy it grilled or steamed, but I haven't eaten it that way in years. I've been dreaming up different ideas to do with it: marinated, dehydrated, dip, in a savory tart - and, probably the easiest of all - soup! I recently conjured up a recipe, starting with a small batch in the event it didn't turn out. Lucky me, I had success on the first round, and have decided that I'll be making this until the asparagus runs out. I kept the spicing neutral in order to keep the flavor of the vegetable intact. The result is smooth soup with a silky, slightly tangy, yet mellow taste.


I thought a red pepper compliment would be nice, so I made red pepper oil for a drizzle on top. Totally optional, of course, but it made the soup kind of fun.


Cream of Asparagus Soup
2 cups chopped asparagus
2 cups water
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 large avocado
3 tablespoons chives, chop
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 -1 teaspoon himalayan salt

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and creamy.

Red Pepper Oil
1/2 large red pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
Salt/lemon juice, to taste
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Speaking of soup, I also made the amazing Red Pepper Soup from Philip's book, again.


Southern Belles In London Soup

As I said in my other post This soup smells and tastes like the most insanely delicious cooked, roasted tomatoes/red peppers! I am definitely making it again. The only change I made was to omit the onion, since I'm not such a fan. If you want warm soup, use hot water.

4 red peppers, seeded/ chopped
1 clove garlic
1 vidalia onion, chopped
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
(soaked in water until soft
1 tablespoon raw honey or agave
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon miso

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

I am loving the crab apple blossoms in my parents yard right now. Aren't they stunning? Thanks to my mom who took these pics. 

Do you have any neat trees, plants or bushes in your yard? 

Questions? Email heather@sweetlyraw.com

31 comments:

Lovingraw said...

Ahh baby, you made my soup. Love ya!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Oh, my ... that asparagus soup looks awesome. I love fresh asparagus, but rarely find it locally ... we do have wild asparagus along the roads, it's hard to find ... I should grow some.

Yum, tomato soup. I made a tomato soup today ... it's always a good thing.

kelli said...

ok, first awwww to that comment! second, that is so awesome you grow asparagus! that is my dream. i love love LOVE asparagus. the soup is exquisite. (my raw soups look like baby food.=)

i was just looking at philip's AMAZING ebook today - i want to make everything, but the southern belles soup is at the top of my list. yum!

blossoms are so so pretty. i'm going flower shopping tomorrow and we just planted a fig tree. do you grow more than asparagus?

Pam said...

What amazing colors on the soups and trees..beautiful!

Molly Bernstein said...
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Molly B said...

This spring was the first time I've ever harvested asparagus.

I just love how they pop out of the ground like little trees!

You've inspired me to grab some extra as we pack for the CSA this Tuesday - time for some soup! (It'll be the first soup for my new Blendtec.)

Jackie (Peaces of Earth) said...

Heathy! Your food looks beautiful as always. Both of those look super tasty!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

love the red pepper soup and i am so not a fan of onion (or garlic) either! it's like i can taste/smell them on myself...for days!

love the asparagus soup too..with the swirl. SO fancy!!
xo

Nikki said...

MMmmm, I love tomato soup, it's one of my favorites. And with red pepper it's even better. The oil on the asparagus soup is really pretty. Everything looks delicious and summery.

The Voracious Vegan said...

GORGEOUS photos! I love love love asparagus and this soup likes the perfect way to enjoy it.

Yep, we've got a beautiful tree in our yard that recently was knocked over by a shamal (sandstorm) but it was replanted and it survived! YAY! And just like everywhere in our compound we've got tons of hot pink bougainvillea, and also a gorgeous yellow flowering vine and a red flowering shrub. Plus a big Texas silver sage bush, it only blooms rarely but when it does it is gorgeous!

Lauren said...

That asparagus soup looks beautiful and delicious! I'm not a big raw asparagus fan either, but this was the perfect way to enjoy it!

Love the flower, gorgeous!

Gena said...

I am an absolute raw soup fanatic, so this will def go on my recipe queue, stat!

Raw Food Mamas said...

That's great. I was just wondering what I could do with asparagus as we have our short asparagus season starting now.

I want to try the tomato/ red pepper soup. I'm going to shop for that today. Looks deliciousF!

Annie D. said...

YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!!! I'm sooo going to try this!

BigFoot Marty said...

Love finding more cold/cool soup ideas- gazpacho and cucumber soup.

Love asparagus and just planted some at the new house(mmm in 2 years)

Thanks

Heather Pace said...

Yay, glad to hear that you guys are interested in trying asparagus soup too!

Kelli - fig tree?! Super duper cool!!
We also grow raspberries, carrots, sugar snap peas, beans, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, and I do my little herb garden :)

Voracious - wow, your trees sound lovely!Aw, too bad about the sand storm :( We never get that here!

Sarah said...

Wow! I RAN into the kitchen to make the pepper soup (with fresh oregano from my garden mmmmm) without the onion - it is FABULOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing. I think I'll try the asparagus soup tonight:)

Girl on Raw said...

Such a great way to eat asparagus. I am the same, don't much like it raw but grilled or blanched and yes I do. This is a definite one to try! I love the contrast of the red pepper oil too.

Nelly said...

we have a magnolia tree in the front yard and lots of beautiful trees in the yard, but i have no clue what they are...there is one that had white flowers, not sure what it is...

=)

asparagus soup sounds yummers! and it looks so beautiful...

Kathy said...

The Asparagus soup looks great! I can hardly wait to try it. We've been getting lots of chives and asparagus in our CSA share...and my avocado's will be ready Wednesday when I pick up our share..so guess what is for dinner?
thanks for sharing such a timely recipe!!!

rhiny said...

hm... i like it,, it's very interest

Laurel said...

Oooo, both those soups looks so yummie! I need to get Philip's books :D. That so cool that you have asparagus in your garden! I've always like asparagus raw and hated it cooked - funny!

I really want to try making the red pepper oil! What an awesome idea!

Lori said...

Oh my goodness- YUM to both soups! I absolutely love raw asparagus soup. Sounds weird but once tasted, delicious! And I will have to make that tomato soup of yours! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

Not really any interesting trees in my backyard- we do have a mulberry tree that gives us great fruit! But my parents, they have a huge backyard with all the veggies and fruits one could need or imagine! I'm truly jealous!
http://www.whatrunslori.com/2010/05/salmon-salad-wraps/
The pics of their backyard are at the bottom of that post.

Jill said...

Wow Lori! Your parents' back yard looks like this place we visited down in southern IL! (Rockome Gardens) and Heather that asparagus soup looks good. I haven't had asparagus in YEARS, but liked it when I tried it as a kid at my grandma's house.

Rawfully Tempting said...

I made the asparagus soup today and it was very yummy. I added two marinated artichoke hearts to the mix and that was interesting too.

making your red pepper soup tomorrow.

Thanks for sharing!

shannonmarie said...

Mmmm ... Hayden would love that asparagus soup. She thanks you :-)

Katherine Pennington said...

This soup looks just so gorgeous and delicious and I am always looking for new ways to serve asparagus! I grill asparagus for my children but I find that asparagus is tricky raw! We are starting to get our farm deliveries so thank you for this wonderful post!

Laurel said...

Heather!
My mom and I had your asparagus soup for lunch. It was WONDERFUL! We LOVED it :D!!!

Thank you!

Laurel

Rawfully Tempting said...

Delicious I made this, posted it on my site with link back to you. Thanks!

http://www.rawfullytempting.com/2010/05/cream-of-asparagus-soup.html

Blessings,

Barbara

Rawfully Tempting said...

Another hit, thank you! I made Philips Red Bell Pepper Soup and it was fabulous.

I posted on my blog...The only thing I really changed was to add 1/2 an avocado. It is really yummy.

http://www.rawfullytempting.com/2010/05/creamy-red-bell-pepper-soup.html#more

Blessings.
Barbara

Anonymous said...

This is sooo good! Thanks for the recipe.