Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cream of Asparagus & Broccoli Soup

This is basically a "we're broke and gotta do something with leftovers" soup that came out fantastic!  Very rich, creamy soup and surprisingly, neither the asparagus nor the broccoli are overwhelming.  As Justin just said, it's a stick-to-your-ribs soup.  Now, I actually made this soup with some of Justin's homemade pork broth which gave it this great, smokey, ham or bacon flavour.  However, since I know most people don't have pork broth hanging around in their freezer, I'm going to post the recipe with chicken broth, which is perfectly acceptable.

I'm going to be honest here with the music - I was in a retro mood and listening to my Rosemary Clooney Pandora station (even my garnish got retro!), but this is a rock'n'roll blog and I just can't bring myself to post one of her songs.  So I'm going with a song that came across my ears yesterday that I hadn't heard in years!  T.S.O.L.'s "Black Magic"!  I remember loving this song the first time I heard it and then playing it over, and over, and over, and then over again!   Hard to find a video of this song at all!  -jen

Time: 45-60 minutes total
Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: Easy 
  • 1.5 pounds of asparagus
  • 1 pound of broccoli
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on taste)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove woody ends of asparagus and discard; chop the asparagus into 2" pieces.  Chop broccoli into about 2" pieces, including the stems.  Lay out on a baking sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil, then toss to coat all vegetables.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes.  Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat butter in stock pot over medium-high heat and saute onions until soft and transluscent, 5-10 minutes.  Add minced garlic and cook an additional 3 minutes.  Add flour and stir until combined, cook another 5 minutes.  Whisk in chicken broth and milk until all clumps have disappeared and sauce begins to thicken.  Add roasted asparagus and broccoli, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon, and cayenne pepper.  Taste soup to see if it needs additional salt and pepper.  Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.  (If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender or food processor, but do it in batches and be careful because the soup is hot!)  Stir in sherry and serve.


  1. Great, healthy, delicious and easy recipe! I just add a little parmesan because I'm a big mouse! Thank you

    1. Oh, so glad to hear it, Daniella! Thank you! The parmesan addition sounds perfect to me, too! -jen

  2. I made this a few months ago! So easy and tasty! This is a favorite!

    1. We love to hear that!! And glad you liked it!! Thank you!