Super spicy asparagus soup or Spam of asparagus spicy soup

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.

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Spam of asparagus spicy soup Gary Lum
Spam of asparagus spicy soup
Spam of asparagus spicy soup Gary Lum
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Super spicy asparagus soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This is a quick and simple recipe that I made up in my head based on the notion that any vegetable can be converted to a soup if you boil it, process it and add cream.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 2
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan sauté the onions and Spam until the onions are soft and turning colour.
  2. 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.
  3. Process the soup with a stick blender until it is smooth.
  4. Place some sour cream into a serving bowl, as much as you desire and then pour over the soup.
  5. Serve with some toast if you like.
  6. You can garnish it with something contrasting in colour. I would suggest some red chilli and a grind of cracked pepper.

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?

Yes

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.

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If you make this recipe please let me know. How do you feel about Spam in soup?

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22 Responses

  1. That is quite a bit of sour cream. Guessing it goes well with the kick of the chilli. Can’t see the diced Spam anywhere…below at the bottom of the bowl perhaps 😀 Like you, I haven’t had asparagus soup a lot and my mum usually cooked it as part of a vegetable dish or an accompaniment with a meat dish.

    1. As I had to speed up the video, I nearly, accidentally edited out the Spam bit. It is there, soon after the onions get added.
      It was just one dollop of sour cream. About a tablespoon amount. You could have it with less and when I have the leftover soup I’ll probably only have half that amount. You’re right, the sour cream and chilli neutralise each other.

    2. Spam always makes any dish taste great 🙂

      I don’t know if it’s my laptop or internet, but when I visit this blog post, I can see my comment but cannot see your reply.

    3. That’s very odd Mabel, not that Spam doesn’t make every dish taste good, but that you cannot see my replies. I’m assuming you see a notification via e-mail that I’ve sent a reply.
      The only recent changes I’ve made have been to stop the indented commenting, it was getting to a point where some comment threads were getting too difficult to read because they were too narrow. I also changed my administrator account for added security.

    4. I don’t subscribe to receiving comment updates via email. I check your blog once a day by coming onto it, Gaz. Like a ritual 🙂 It really is odd. Usually I use Firefox. Today I jumped over to IE and I can see all the comments.

    5. Wow, that’s strange that Firefox doesn’t render them yet Internet Explorer does.
      Oddly enough, I don’t even have Firefox loaded to test it and being a Mac user at home I don’t have IE. I do my testing on Chrome and Safari.
      I am touched and flattered Mabel that you make an effort to read my stuff rather than passively receiving it. 😃

    1. In fact, bacon is always a good substitute for just about anything, including vegetables. It’s also a good additive too.

    1. Cool. Let me know how it goes. The apron was the only one I could find at the local store. I was tired of seeing my stained shirts when I played back the videos 🤣

  2. Thanks for the, ah, references to the reaction that eating asparagus has. I love asparagus, but for some reason have never thought of making it in a soup. Something yummy to try.

    1. Thanks Serina, it’s hard for me not to overshare. I thought that by starting a medical blog/podcast as well as a journal blog I might make Yummy Lummy less medical-boy but it’s hard not to add those little titbits of information. I think I spend way too much time thinking of my own bodily functions.
      If you make the asparagus soup I’d love to know what you think. In terms of frugal ways, I’m guessing it would work with no-brand tinned asparagus too.

  3. You crack me up the way you manage to put Spam into things! I have never had Asparagus soup, but given we now have ‘soup weather’, I will put in on my list of things to try!

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