White asparagus is a local delicacy here in The Netherlands, and the Dutch have a mild obsession with it. Prior to moving here, I didn't even know white asparagus existed. I'd only ever had the green variety.
White asparagus has a short growing season (April - June). It's grown below the ground, and is carefully hand picked. The length of the stalk, diameter and smoothness can influence the market price.
It has a very mild asparagus taste, and is generally served boiled or steamed with hard boiled eggs, ham and hollandaise sauce. Unfortunately, not so vegan friendly.
My favourite way to enjoy this delicacy has been in a soup, topped with crunchy roasted hazelnuts and a sprinkle of fried onions. Yum!!
Did you know: if let to grow, white asparagus turns into green asparagus. White asparagus grows underground, while green asparagus grows above ground.
Creamy White Asparagus and Potato Soup
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 8-10 min
Cook Time: 12-15 min
Total Time: 25 min
5 cups (1.5 lbs) fresh white asparagus
4 cups (1L) of water
2 medium-sized potatoes
3 cloves garlic
2 boullion cubes
2 tsp (10 ml) olive oil
1 tsp paprika powder (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the asparagus and peel the outer layer with a peeler. Trim off the ends to remove any dried, woody bits.
Place the asparagus in a large soup pot on medium-high heat, with 2 cups of water, and steam them for 8-10 minutes.
Once steamed, transfer the asparagus to a plate and reserve the steaming liquid.
While the asparagus is steaming, wash and chop your onions, garlic and potatoes.
Return the pot to the burner, add the oil and onions, sautéing for 2-3 minutes until the onions are soft and golden. Add splashes of the reserved water to deglaze the pot as needed.
Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until fragrant. Then add the potatoes, bullion cubes, paprika powder and remaining reserved water. Add enough extra water to make 4 cups. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
While you are waiting for the potatoes to boil, cut the tips from the asparagus, to reserve as garnish. Cut the stalks into 2-3 pieces and add to the pot after it has boiled, and you have turned it down to a simmer.
Once the potatoes are soft enough to poke through with a fork, remove the soup from the heat and use a hand blender to puree the soup.
Serve with crushed roasted hazelnuts, fresh chives, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of fried onions. Enjoy!
Variations: add spices as desired, such as basil or cumin while blending to vary flavours Get creative with this one!
Storage: store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to four days. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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