Cream of Asparagus Soup (with Dehydrated Pantry Pack Variation)


~~~Both Traditional Quick Recipe and “Instant” Soup Variations featuring Asparagus Powder~~~


I am an “Asparagus Snob”. I blame my grandfather, who loved asparagus so much the he grew 10 rows of it in his garden. But only the first 3 inches or so of each stalk were ever eaten by his family because my grandfather did not like the harder parts of the plant. The rest went to the pigs.

So when I struck out on my own and REALIZED how expensive asparagus was, especially the way I was used to eating it, I discovered just how lucky I had been all those years. Asparagus was not in the budget in college. Nor was it when I first started working. And then, for a while it was. But then along came Number 1 Son….out of the budget again.

After I got my dehydrator, that all changed though. Standing in the produce aisle one day, I thought, “There would be no waste if I dehydrated the parts I don’t eat and made asparagus powder.” I Love it when a plan comes together, don’t you?

So, instead of paying $2.50 a pound for something that I only eat 1/3 of (essentially costing me $7.50 a pound), I get my little slice of veggie heaven plus a great tasting powder! You can use it for all kinds of delicious dishes.

  • Try egg and toast with hollandaise sauce flavored with your asparagus powder.
  • Enjoy mushrooms broiled in butter with a sprinkling of asparagus powder.
  • Add asparagus powder to the dough of yeast bread for a wonderfully novel taste.
  • Combine asparagus powder with goat cheese for a enjoyable hot dip.
  • Potato, Leek & Asparagus Gratin, adding your asparagus powder to the sauce, will liven up any meal.
  • For vegans, tofu asparagus stir-fry with a lemony sesame oil sizzling with asparagus powder should hit the spot.
  • OR….try my recipe for Instant Cream of Asparagus Soup! This soup is using our SOS Mix. The recipe can be found here.

To dehydrate asparagus for powder, simply wash, cut, steam blanch until knife tender (do the tops separate from the woodier stems), and load on your dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 125°F/50°C until completely dry and woody-looking. Grind into powder with your grinder, mortar and pestle, or high-powered blender and you have asparagus flavor heaven!

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Quick Cream of Asparagus Soup

Makes 2 servings

Asparagus Soup3Ingredients
1/3 cup SOS Mix
1-1/2 teaspoons instant chicken or vegetable bouillon (regular or low sodium)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled lemon juice
2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons butter (or substitute fat)
3/4 cup asparagus, steamed and sliced in bit sized pieces (divided)
Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)
Chives, chopped to garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk SOS Mix with bouillon, onion powder, lemon juice, and water until well blended.
  2. Cook and stir on stove top, adding butter, or in microwave until thickened.
  3. Add 1/2 cup asparagus. With an immersion or stick blender, combine soup and asparagus until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add remaining 1/4 cup of asparagus. Heat thoroughly.
  5. Serve immediately. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chives if preferred.

Note

To make a pantry pack for this soup, combine SOS Mix, instant bouillon, and onion powder in an airtight container. Seal, date, and label with remaining ingredients. Store in a cool, dark, dry pantry.

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Dehydrated Ingredients Variation

To Prepare a Pantry Pack with Dried Ingredients

Ingredients
Asparagus Powder
1/3 cup SOS Mix
1 tablespoon asparagus powder
1-1/2 teaspoons instant chicken or vegetable bouillon (regular or low sodium)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon lemon powder
2 tablespoons dried asparagus, diced (optional)

  1. You will need 2 containers for the pantry packet if adding the dried asparagus.
  2. In a pint Mason jar, combine the SOS Mix, asparagus powder, bouillon, onion powder, and lemon powder.
  3. In a small Ziploc bag, add the dried asparagus if using. Push out all the air to seal closed. Fold this bag into the jar. Seal the jar, date, and label.
  4. Store in a cool, dry pantry or cupboard.

To Prepare Soup

Ingredients
1 pantry packet Asparagus Soup Mix
2-1/4 cups water, divided
2 tablespoons butter (or substitute fat)
Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional)
Chives, chopped to garnish (optional)

  1. Add asparagus to a bowl with 1/4 cup of hot water. Cover and allow to stand until water is absorbed. Soaking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the asparagus. Most diced asparagus will be rehydrated in 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Add fresh water to the asparagus water to equal 2 cups. Add Asparagus Soup Mix from jar or pouch with water until well blended.
  3. Cook and stir on stove top, adding butter, or in microwave until thickened.
  4. Add asparagus. Heat thoroughly. Garnish with Parmesan and chives if using.

Note

If you wish, you can add 2 tablespoons of butter powder to your pantry pack which gives you a Just-Add-Water Meal!

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Printable Recipes can be found here, Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipes.


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