Thursday, September 19, 2013

Asparagus soup

I've had a box of canned asparagus at the bottom of my pantry for ages. After giving me a few cans, Mum decided to give me the whole box she had bought in bulk. I used some to make a delicious quiche, that was over a year ago.

Over the weekend I made soup. I had a handful of frozen scallops left and some mortadella in the fridge, so I used them up too. I bought a frozen bag of scallops at the supermarket, totally meant for scallop pies, but have used them all in soups, or used soup as the 'smear', or sauce on the plate. Yum! It seems Summer is nuts about scallops too, that's my girl ;)

You could use ham or bacon instead of the mortadella. Don't be too fussy how everything is cut up, the soup is going to be blitzed anyway.

1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
60 grams mortadella, diced
clove garlic, crushed
stalk celery, sliced
medium carrot, diced
2 medium potatoes, diced
3 x 340 gram cans asparagus
2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups stock

Cook mortadella until just starting to crisp, add onion, celery and garlic. Cook until onion is soft.
Add potato, carrot, asparagus, milk and stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer covered for 20 minutes, or until potato is soft.

Take it off the heat and blitz with a stick blender. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Asparagus soup with scallops and crispy mortadella


  1. Yum!! I have a great recipe gien to me by a friend using canned asparagus will put it up on monday for you seeing as how you have so much to use!! I love toasted sandwiches with cheese and asparagus.

    1. Cheese and asparagus toasted sangas sound great! Thanks. Cool, will be interested in having a look at that recipe on Monday. I still have about 5-6 cans! :)

  2. I do like asparagus but will admit I have never tried soup! However I do like the idea of this ...I have put this into my recipe book for another day. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I've never tried soup either, just wanting to use up the cans! Mum bought me a ravioli maker for my birthday, I'm considering making asparagus and ricotta ravioli!

  3. Another amazing recipe Alicia! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, that looks amazing! I love asparagus, my kids won't eat it but I wonder if I can hide it in soup...

  5. Mmmm yummy, I'm feeling a bit lazy at the moment so I wouldn't mind someone making this for me right now :) I love mortadella!

  6. Oh, so gourmet :) Looks very tasty! I love scallops.

  7. Yum! I have an issue with the texture of canned asparagus, but this would totally get around that. And scallops - nom nom nom...

  8. Yummo - my grandad used to grow it - but who knew it had such an after smell?! Tell me I'm not weird, well okay so I know I'm weird but... :)

  9. That looks delicious! Love the scallops in there too ;)

  10. Oh all I have to say is... yes please!!! Asparagus and soup... two of my favourite things. I can't wait to try this recipe out (I've just added a couple of things to my grocery shopping list for this week!) Thanks for joining us at our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx


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