Friday, July 11, 2008

Low Fat Asparagus Soup

The only asparagus soup I have had in the past is the store bought kind.I have never attempted to make this soup from scratch.The other day, I saw some really fresh and tender asparagus being sold at a local store and on an impulse decided to buy it to try making the asparagus soup myself.

I got this recipe from a vegetarian cookbook I recently purchased and I modified it a little by adding a few ingredients,changing a couple of items and cutting out the cream suggested by the recipe replacing it with milk instead, making it a low fat version.

I loved this soup ,the texture, the taste, everything about it was just right.The small amount of spice may seem incongruous with a cream style soup,but I felt that the taste of the soup was enhanced because of the slight amount of spice in it and made things decidedly interesting. After having had the made from scratch version of this soup,I will probably never have the store bought one again as the taste and freshness of the one made at home is so much more superior.



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Ingredients and method to make the low fat Asparagus soup.

1 leek cut into little pieces (the white part)
2 cups chopped asparagus (do not use the spears)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups water
about 1 tsp salt ( or according to taste)
1/8th tsp chili powder (optional)
1 cup milk


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan,add the cut leek to it and saute until tender.

Add the cut asparagus to it and saute for about one minute

Stir in the flour and cook for a minute

Add the water and the salt and simmer for about 25 minutes or until the asparagus is completely tender.

Cool slightly and then puree the soup in a blender until smooth.

Press the pureed asparagus through a sieve.Add the milk and the chili powder and mix in well.

Heat the soup gently on a low flame and serve hot.

Serves about 2.

18 comments :

Sireesha said...

WOW....asparagus soup looks creamy ,rich and yummy .Haven't tried asparagus soup ......Will try now....Thanks for adding me in the blogroll...

Suma Rajesh said...

hai usha..thanks for the comments....ur asparagus soup is rich creamy...never heard this b4...sounds interesting...will try it

Padma said...

Hey Usha,
Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, feels great. You have a nice blog here...will come back to digg in more of ur recipes. btw I love maharashtrian food and USal rocks...

Meera said...

Haven't made asparagus soup yet. Yours looks lovely.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Sireesha....

Usha said...

Hi Suma,Thanks for your comments..do let me know if you try this.....

Usha said...

Hey Padma,Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments,I love Maharashtrian food too.........:)

Usha said...

Hi Meera,Thanks for visiting my blog,do let me know in case you try this soup.......:)

Shreya said...

Hi Usha, the asparagus soup looks rich and aromatic. Thanks for visiting my blog and the lovely comments. You have a lovely blog:-)

Sagari said...

soup lookss so thick and yumm usha

Uma said...

delicious and healthy soup.

mitr_bayarea said...

Usha-

Thanks for visiting my blog, you have a great spot here. The asparagus soup looks simple to prepare, will try out one of these days. Am also blog-rolling you so that can be a regular visitor.

Madhavi said...

Hummm very nice recipe and soup looks yummmmmm!!!

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by and your comments Shreya......

Usha said...

Uma and Sagari,thank you so much

Usha said...

Hey Mitr,Thanks for dropping by and blogrolling me,do let me know when you try this soup.

Usha said...

Thanks Madhavi....

usha said...

I tasted asparagus soup at a restaurant couple of years ago and loved. Your soup looks delicious, will try it very soon... Thanks for stopping by my blog....

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