Mel and Mal's Celery & Asparagus Soup

Ingredients
  • Complete head of celery, washed and roughly chopped, including the leaves and heart
  • 12 Asparagus tips
  • 40g butter
  • 2 litres of hot chicken stock
  • 200ml single cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Few celery leaves tips and three asparagus for decorating

Fortunately, fresh asparagus and celery fall into the same season so this is one to make when the produce is plentiful and cheap.

A lovely thick tasty soup, filling served with crusty bread or croutons atop. A great way to get some good veggies into the kids!

Serves : 0        Prep/Cooking Time :

Tip : If you want to cook a larger quantity, simply pop it into a Lock and Lock container and pop in the freezer for when you want it

Instructions

Make the base of the soup

In a large heavy based saucepan melt the butter, then add the celery and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring occasionally

Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for 30 minutes

After the 25 minute mark add the asparagus and continue to cook for the last 5 minutes

Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Take off the heat.

Blitz it up!

Using a stick blender or liquidizer blend the soup and then pass through a sieve into a clean saucepan

Bring the soup back to the boil and then take off the heat

Add the single cream (low fat if you are watching your waistline!) and blend in well

To Serve

Pour into warmed soup bowls and garnish with garlic and herb croƻtons and a few celery leaves and those asparagus tips

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