Pic of Asparagus and sorrel soup

Asparagus and sorrel soup

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Soups & stews

Asparagus and sorrel soup

Main Serves 5 45 min
When preparing asparagus don't throw anything away: save the precious trimmings and cooking water for this simple, healthy soup. Sorrel is a lemony, slightly bitter green that's in season in the spring and early summer and pairs well with asparagus's delicate pungency. If you can't get hold of it, spinach makes a reasonable alternative.

Ingredients

  • 175g asparagus trimmings
  • 40g butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 handful sorrel, shredded
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml water left from cooking asparagus or asparagus water and chicken stock
  • 50ml whipping or double cream (optional)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chervil or fresh chives, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Method

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 40 min
  • Step 1

    Chop the asparagus trimmings roughly. Melt the butter in a saucepan and cook the onion and garlic until tender, without browning.
  • Step 2

    Add the shredded sorrel and stir until it collapses to a mush. Sprinkle the flour over, stir for a few seconds then, a little at a time, mix in the asparagus water and/or stock. Add the asparagus trimmings and salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Step 3

    Process or purée until smooth, then sieve to get rid of stringy fibres. Just before serving re-heat to just under boiling point. Stir in the cream, if using, and chervil (or chives). Taste, adjust seasoning and serve.

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