Asparagus soup is one of those delicious yet uncommon soups [although I’ve made it once before]. I never had it as a kid even though Mum would regularly use asparagus in salads and as a vegetable to accompany meat dishes. We’d always comment about the smell of our urine later in the night and it’s something that still stimulates an olfactory memory.
- 500 grams Asparagus (fresh and cut into 2 centimetre segments)
- ¼ piece Onion (white or brown)
- 100 grams Jalapeño Spam (diced)
- 1 piece Potato (medium and diced into small cubes)
- ½ cup Sour cream (full cream preferred)
- 1 piece Red chilli (diced)
- 1 piece Jalapeño pepper (diced)
- 2 teaspoons Chilli flakes (dried)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
In a saucepan sauté the onions and Spam until the onions are soft and turning colour.
Add in the asparagus and potato along with the chilli flakes and garlic powder and then add sufficient boiling water from a kettle to leave about a centimetre of asparagus and potato showing above the surface of the water. You don’t want the soup too watery. You can then toss in the finely diced red chilli and Jalapeño pepper. Bring the soup to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes and then check that the potato and asparagus are soft.
Process the soup with a stick blender until it is smooth.
Place some sour cream into a serving bowl, as much as you desire and then pour over the soup.
Serve with some toast if you like.
You can garnish it with something contrasting in colour. I would suggest some red chilli and a grind of cracked pepper.
If you don’t like sour cream you could use normal pouring cream or thickened cream. If you wanted to avoid cream altogether that would work too.
What if I don’t like Spam?
Bacon pieces would be a suitable substitute
What if I’m vegetarian or vegan?
Leave out the meat
Can I freeze some for later?
Is this safe for children?
Yes, if they like spices. If not, don’t add the chilli flakes and cut back on the fresh spices
Will this soup make my pee smell funny?
If your pee normally takes on a strange odour after eating asparagus then it probably will after eating this soup too.
Can I make a bigger batch for a family?
Sure, just increase the amounts proportionally. You may need to simmer the asparagus longer and it may take longer to process the soup.
Let me know
If you make this recipe please let me know. How do you feel about Spam in soup?