Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Week of New Recipes -- Day 2: Creamy Asparagus-and-Sausage Soup

Look at these ingredients!  I knew I would like this meal just from looking at what was going to into it.  It seems so little, really, but it all works together and adds up to something...

...green & healthy

...home cooked
(If only I could take pictures of the amazing smells that occurred during this process!)


The directions said, "Working in batches, put soup in the blender and set aside."  What it should have said is, "Working in very small batches..." and then they should have reiterated that point.  Several times.  My batches clearly were not small enough, and even though I would be able to puree a smoothie with that much in the blender, I think the heat made this a very different process.  The moment I hit the "Puree" button hot, green, goopy liquid went flying all over my kitchen... and me.  My husband, being the one to protect me at all costs, came to the rescue -- or so he thought.  "Babe, you need to really push the cover down, like this..."  And then he pressed the button and the whole thing happened on repeat.  Green slime, everywhere.  HOT green slime. 

We just looked at each for a few seconds, and then we laughed.

Really, what else could we do?  (And to think, I had just scrubbed the entire kitchen earlier that day...)

But in the end, we also had something...

Notice the soup on the side of the bowl?  We were finding it EVERYWHERE.  However, I was more concerned with the soup in between my toes than the soup that got on the dishes.

We LOVED this soup!  Even the hater-of-soup loved it.  He gave it a ten.  I, of course, gave it a ten as well.  But with my super love of soup that should come as no surprise to you.  It was hearty, creamy, a little tangy (thanks to the yogurt), and just down-right scrumptious.  I will make it again, I will just be a tad bit more careful ;)

Once again, this recipe came originally from Rachael Ray as Creamy Asparagus-and-Ham Soup, but I made one small adjustment:  chicken sausage instead of ham.  CLICK HERE to see the original recipe.  Also, I do not have a Dutch oven (actually, I had to look it up to see what it is... remember, I am learning to cook still!), so I just used a normal pot.  It worked out just fine.

INGREDIENTS:  (My changes are italicized.)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pack of chicken sausage, cut into 1/2 inch cubes    
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed well   (I had frozen leeks, so I defrosted some and used those) 
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small red-skinned potatoes (4 to 5 ounces total), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 bunches asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch
  • One 6-ounce container plain yogurt
  • 1/4 whole wheat country loaf, for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat; add the sausage and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate. Add the leek and garlic to the pot and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the asparagus and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Scoop out 1/2 cup asparagus pieces and set aside for garnish. Using a blender and working in VERY SMALL batches, puree the soup. Return the soup to the pot, whisk in the yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle the sausage and asparagus pieces on top and serve with the bread.
COST = $10.30        PER SERVING (4) = $2.58

(Adapted from rachaelray.com)


  1. Sounds like a wonderful soup, with healthy ingredients!

  2. This looks so delicious, what a great recipe! :)

  3. Sounds yum! Maybe try an immersion blender next time so you can just leave it in the pot? Way to power through! I might've been tempted to call it a day and order take-out. ;) fun blog, Tiffany!

  4. Thanks, girls! It is a great recipe, so easy and healhty... Miljoy, I just might try something like that next time. And there will be a next time, it was good enough to make me dare to face the asparagus-explosion once again. I just hope that I am the one who conquers it, not the Asparagus ;)


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