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Cheap Asparagus Soup

Cheap Asparagus Soup

Cheap Asparagus Soup is made from the stems of asparagus which normally get discarded, meaning it can be made for next to nothing!


  • The tough woody parts of ~21 Asparagus spears
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Start off by washing and peeling the asparagus stalks and peeling the potato as well. Chop the potato into large chunks.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion and heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. When hot, add in the chopped onion and sauté lightly until turning golden in colour.
  • Add the chopped potato and prepared asparagus to the saucepan and add enough stock to just cover the vegetables.
  • Cover the pan and bring to the boil before lowering the heat and simmering for about 20 minutes, until the potato and asparagus is nice and soft.
  • Purée until smooth and sieve if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.


By the time it's boiled up, most of the asparagus is quite tender, but if you are sensitive to texture then consider pressing the soup through something like a conical sieve to ensure all fibrous pieces are removed.
The soup has a mild flavour which goes very well with something fresh tasting - lemon juice, sour cream or crème fraîche all work well.