It's February and it's still cold here. I realize that sounds ridiculous to most of you; February is the dead of winter after all. But here in Southern California, it is often warm enough to have turned the heat off already, and the windows open. Not to mention the fact that there is a definite improvement in the quality and variety of the produce we can find at our local farmer's market. This weekend we bought plenty of asparagus, but it's been cold and rainy the last few days... soup weather, not grilled veggie weather.
Tonight, Jane made Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup. Yum! Here's her recipe:
Ingredients:3 pounds asparagus (thickness irrelevant)
2 Tbs Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 Tbs minced garlic
6 C vegetable stock
1/2 C flour
1/3 C nutritional yeast flakes
salt and pepper to taste
- Clean and chop the asparagus, reserving the tips.
- Add margarine to stock pot and melt. Then add onion and cook until translucent, about ten minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute or so.
- Add asparagus (keeping tips reserved) and saute on medium flame for about 10 minutes. Slowly add flour to vegetables and saute for five minutes. Mixture will be thick. Add two to three cups of vegetable stock, until vegetables are covered.
- Lower flame and use an immersion blender to puree the mixture. (by the way, Jane really loves the Pink Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender.) Slowly add in the remaining vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low. Stir in nutritional yeast flakes slowly making sure no lumps form. Add salt and pepper to taste and reserved tips. Allow to cook for an additional five minutes. Serves 4 - 6.
Jane serves this with a loaf of crusty rustic bread, and a large green salad.
Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup is our first "published" recipe. It is our plan to post two recipes per month, but we'll see how well that goes over with all of you. There are certainly loads of excellent recipes out there already, and some really wonderful cookbooks. Let us know what you think.