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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Asparagus Miso Soup

So I had a bunch of asparagus sitting on the counter and wanted to do something different with it. I decided to try soup and to my pleasure, it turned out deliciously well and I will be making this again. It really is good and not heavy on the stomach.

Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin K. It is also a  great source of folate, copper and selenium and dietary fiber, manganese, phosporus, potassium, choline, zinc, iron, protein and pantothenic acid.

Soup is calming and is great for digestion. I used to think soup was so complicated to make but once I started making my own, I started having more of it. You can make a large pot to last the week too. 

This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make including prep time. It includes miso paste which I think makes everything better should be a staple in the vegan kitchen.

Let's get started. Here is what you will need. 
3 cups of 1/2 inch cut asparagus. It was one bunch from my grocer but that might be different for you
1 cup diced onion
2 cups diced potato
4 cups of vegetable broth
1/2 tsp of ginger paste
1 tbsp white miso paste
the juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion until translucent. You can water saute or oil saute. It's up to you. I used a little extra virgin olive oil. 

Add the asparagus and saute until it turns bright green. It will only take a minute or two. Add the potato and stir to combine. 

Pour in the broth. Simmer until the potatoes are tender. Should only take 10 - 15 minutes. 

Transfer about two cups of the hot broth into a small bowl. Add the miso and whisk to disolve the miso. Return back to the soup pot. 

Add the ginger paste and lemon juice which I forgot to show in the video. Stir to combine. 

If you have an immersion blender, you can use it to blend the soup. Or you can pour the soup into a blender and blend it that way. Just be really careful with the hot soup. Blend for just a minute or two until there are no more chunks. 

Serve and enjoy.

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