Did you know that asparagus is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs? And its regular consumption increases the potency in men? Asparagus is extremely fibrous, low in calories and high in vitamins so it’s a great vegetable not only for men.
I remember this one from when my gastronomy class took a trip to Belgium where I got to experience some amazing foreign recipes. It’s been a few years since this trip.. 13 in fact… wow it’s been a while! I have often thought about this soup since that time and I don’t know why I haven’t made it since. A few days ago while at the farmers market, some beautiful white asparagus caught my eye and I decided to buy it and create the same recipe that was served to our class over 13 years ago 😀
After trying a few recipes, here is the best version!
Ingredients you are going to need:
500g white asparagus
3 tbsp of all-purpose flour
3 tbsp of butter
white asparagus broth which you will make
3 tbsp of cream
mace or nutmag – i used little bit of both
Do you know how to properly cook Asparagus and get a broth from it ? (I wasn’t sure either before making this)
It’s pretty easy…
Bring water to a simmer in a pot over medium heat. Add salt, a pinch of sugar, slice of lemon and slice of butter. Meanwhile, trim about 1cm off the ends. White asparagus must be peeled, you can use a common vegetable peeler. Starting just below the head, peel toward the cut end. Cook it about 8-12 minutes, depending on how thick your stalks are. Let the broth cool. Don’t plunge the asparagus into ice-cold water like broccoli. You will lose the vitamins and taste.
Next, in a pot, melt butter and add the flour from which you make a light roux. Dilute it by cold asparagus broth and stir well using a whisk. After about 10 minutes, check to see that the soup has a soft off white ivory hue. Don’t let it get any darker. Season to taste with mace and nutmeg and gently simmer. In any case, you should not taste the flour in the soup. When the soup is smooth, add the chopped asparagus, simmer and blend it very well.
A small tip for egg lovers!: crack and drop your egg into the soup. You can whisk it together or either drop the whole egg into your pot and cook it for a minute.
You’re done! As we say in Czech, dobrou chuť!
If you thing you might have some better recipes for creamy asparagus soup, share them here in the comments! I would love to try them out and give you credit if they end up on My Spoon and I.