Last night, I made a delicious asparagus soup to go along with steak. I wanted something different than the usual salad and potato. I love asparagus soup because it’s a soup that you can eat in the spring and summer. It’s even good cold although I prefer warm. I had cold asparagus soup in Vegas at Mon Ami Gabi. We were sitting outside on a warm summer night, and it was actually very refreshing. So you may ask why I refuse to make this recipe again.
Well, the steak was needing to be flipped, the bread was done baking, and the soup was done simmering all at the same time. My kids were also both screaming at this exact moment in time. If you’re a mom, you can definitely relate to this scenario. I took a deep breath, tuned out the screaming, flipped the steaks, took the bread out, and poured the soup into the blender. Then, I asked Dee to give the children a snack. This temporarily silenced them.
As I started to blend the soup, boiling HOT asparagus soup came flying out of the top of the blender, landing on me and all down the side of the refrigerator. It was a quite painful burn, so I screamed. This really scared Emily who started crying because she thought I was hurt. Instead of doing something to relieve the burn, I had to go make sure E knew I was okay.
Dee helped me clean up, and after securing the top TIGHTLY to the blender, he finished blending the soup. Then, I set aside a small bowl for Emily and a smaller bowl for Ty, so it could cool before it was time to eat. Somewhere in that time, Ty ended up fussing, so Dee took him out of his booster and let him pull things out of my cabinets (I do have some unlocked cabinets for Ty to amuse himself when I’m busy cooking). While I was deglazing the pan I had used for the steaks, Emily started crying because of the smoke that came up when I poured liquid in the pan. She thought I burned myself again.
I turned to tell her everything was okay, and this is when the proverbial straw broke the camel’s back. Ty crawled over to the table, reached up, and turned a bowl of asparagus soup onto himself and his WHITE shirt!!!!!! Thankfully, it was not very hot at this point. He actually thought it was quite humorous. Dee and I, however, didn’t find it so funny. In fact, we just left the mess on the floor until after the kids went to bed. We took his messy clothes off of him, but it was just too much at that point to mop the floor. The thought actually crossed my mind that maybe I could just let him eat his soup off of the floor--it would keep him happy and be less to clean (it was *just* a thought--I didn't really do it).
Finally, we sat down to dinner, and I’m sure it was actually quite tasty. But after all that, nothing was going to be very yummy. Anyway, the recipe is easy and delicious--it really is an easy recipe even though it didn't seem easy at the time. It’s a great, unique way to get some vegetables into your diet. I just think I am too traumatized to make it again!
CREAMED ASPARAGUS SOUP (Serves 6 as a side dish)
2 tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup diced Onion
8-ounce Baking Potato, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
1 pound Asparagus, trimmed, tips removed and set aside
Salt and Black Pepper
Sauté onion in butter in medium saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Cut asparagus stalks into 1-inch pieces and add to pan along with potatoes, milk and stock.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Purée soup in blender or food processor (make sure the lid is on tight LOL and you may need to do 2 separate batches).
Return to saucepan, salt and pepper to taste, add asparagus tips, and heat until tips are tender.
Before making soup, mix 1/3 cup sour cream and ¼ tsp dried dill in small bowl, set aside until serving time. Serve soup with a dollop of this topping!