Before I begin, let me make a bit of a confession. My pictures are really bad. I have a puny kitchen, ugly dishes and, try as I might, I have a difficult time providing lovely pictures of even lovelier food. Case and point, the picture of asparagus I posted. I had my son hold a dish towel behind the little pitcher. It’s pathetic. The soup it represents is not.
I love asparagus and I am very happy that I can get it almost year round, but it will forever represent spring for me. I usually eat it barely steamed with nothing on it, with my fingers. My grandmother gave me permission to eat asparagus in this manner when I was a little girl. I still eat it this way at home and encourage my children to eat it the same way.
Since the onset of my soup obsession, I decided to try my hand at a soup with asparagus. So I took my basic smooth veggie soup concept and tried it out. It turned out great!
Crab Asparagus Soup
1 quart broth of choice (I used chicken)
1 bunch of asparagus, chopped with tough ends removed
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1/2 chopped onion
8 oz of crab meat
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook the veggies in the broth until soft enough to puree. Shoot for about 30 minutes.
2. Allow to cool for a bit and puree. I used my Braun Immersion Blender. A traditional blender will be just fine too. Just puree in batches.
3. Stir in the crab meat and season to taste.
If you want a creamy soup, you can add 1/2 cup of milk, cream, half and half, plain yogurt, or whatever dairy product you like.
Top with some goat cheese crumbles. Blue cheese crumbles would be good, too!
If you really want to fancy this up, you can heat the crab meat and place a scoop of it in the middle of your serving bowl and ladle the soup around it.
What I love most about this soup is that it’s got this really elegant feel to it but it’s insanely easy to make. I made it for lunch last Thursday morning before I went to work. I got the veggies going, showered, got dressed, got a kid up and going, cooled, pureed and VOILA! BAM! Tasty soup for lunch.
If I can do it, you can do it.