I’m lucky. Both husband and child LOVE asparagus. It took years to convince the husband but the Little Guy has always been fan, eating them like French fries when he was just “the toddler.” Him and I still use our fingers when having them with dinner. :)
Our favorite way to eat asparagus is just simply roasted with a tiny amount of olive oil and some kosher salt. If I’m feeling a bit creative I will marinate them or add some lime slices for my simple “Margarita Asparagus”
However, I decide to prepare it, I always start like this…
The ends get cut or snapped off and thrown away.
I always thought this was such a waste but it was all I knew. It’s just the way it is. You throw away the ends of the asparagus. Right?
Well No MORE!
I was watching Rachael Ray the other day and she mentioned that the ends could still be eaten and used for soup. That was all I needed to hear.
The next time I made asparagus I saved the ends and boiled them in a bit of homemade chicken stock.
Then I blended them with a hand blender.
I was shocked at how good it was! Without adding anything else, the taste was divine! Like a fresh bowl of spring!
So I served it as it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some bacon bits.
It was a perfect soup! For me anyway, I loved it. I didn’t even bother to have husband taste it. It’s just not his thing. The Little Guy wasn’t around but next time I’ll get him to try a sip. He’s not the biggest soup person but I’m curious what he thinks of the taste.
So next time you are about to through away the ends of your asparagus… DON’T! Even if you don’t have time to make the soup right away, throw the ends in the freezer. You can always make it another day.
I love not wasting anything!