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Thursday, 14 November 2013

150 calorie leftover asparagus and pea soup

ASPARAGUS AND PEA SOUP. After an extravagant weekend, we wondered what to do with the leftover asparagus. Soup was an obvious choice.
We had half a bunch of asparagus left, and of that, mainly the stems rather than the tips.
Once upon a time, the stems would have been discarded. But the flavour we extracted has certainly made us realise what you can do with just a small amount. The bonus - a bowl of luxurious soup at a fraction of the cost of its shop bought counterpart.
With just a little imagination, we turned what would have been composted into a very tasty lunch. The soup is around 150 calories per portion. Here's our easy recipe:
Ingredients (serves 2)
Half a bunch of asparagus (ours contained 90% stems)
100g of frozen peas
One teaspoon of vegetable stock powder (or half cube)
Tablespoon of double cream (or milk if you don't have any)
Cover the asparagus and peas with water.

Bring to the boil and add the stock.

Cook for 5 minutes. 

Allow it to cool for a while, then blend.

Add the double cream and give it a stir.

Check the seasoning - you may need to add some salt depending on the stock used. You could always add some chopped mint to this too.
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