Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Quick Asparagus Soup: Don’t Throw Away the Ends!

Posted by 7 years ago 43 Comments

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…

Quick Asparagus Soup: Don't Throw Away the Ends!  - cutting

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.

Quick Asparagus Soup: Don't Throw Away the Ends!  - boil

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!

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    April 13, 2011

    This is the most awesome thing - ever. I HATE throwing away the ends of the asparagus. I can't wait to have soup!


    April 13, 2011

    That looks so yummy! I do the same thing with my broccoli stems (the rough part when you buy the whole bunch instead of just the crowns), but I never thought about doing it with asparagus. Thanks for the idea!


    April 13, 2011

    Roni, I have a question about kosher it a lot different than sea salt? What are the benefits of cooking with kosher salt vs. sea salt? I rarely use real table salt, so that I won't ask about. thanks!


      June 25, 2014

      Kosher salt is really koshering, or "kashering" salt. The larger grains are intended for drawing blood out of meat to make it kosher. Because of the large grain size it doesn't require additives to improve the flow while pouring and prevent clumping. It may or may not have iodine added, which table salt generally does, for health reasons (many people were iodine deficient in the past). Sea salt is a specialty salt which doesn't require added iodine and usually has no additives. Ultimately salt that we consume all comes from the sea, or from dried up seas, but some people swear by the health benefits or taste of sea salts, especially from certain regions. If you aren't fussy about that you can use kosher salt interchangeably.


    April 13, 2011

    Yay, I'm so excited to try this! I actually bought three bunches of asparagus this week and was planning to use one tonight to make Gina's (Skinny Taste) Cream of Asparagus soup. I'm going to make yours as a separate batch so I can see what my kiddo thinks. Hooray for spring produce!

    susiebeeonmaui from eatlittleeatbig

    April 13, 2011

    I hate throwing those ends away-thanks for the tip!

    Princess Dieter

    April 13, 2011

    OH, MAN! I made asparagus night before last. I threw away a ton of ends. DANG. Thanks for rescuing those pricey veggie bits.


    April 13, 2011

    I nned this a couple of nights ago. But I know to save them now. thank you barbara


    April 13, 2011

    This is great, I love this food. I love food- thanks for posting these great recipes. Jacqueline Baby Bump Fitness


    April 13, 2011

    Love when great tips happen like this!!! Thanks!


    April 13, 2011

    Awesome idea!


    April 13, 2011

    Roni - Apologize for the newbie kitchen question. I am just venturing into cooking. For your margarita asparagus - when you say roast, is that in the oven? what temperature? Thanks!


    April 14, 2011

    What a neat post and so useful! We love eating asparagus but do end up throwing away the ends...Not anymore, thanks to your post. Looking forward to some great and quick asparagus soup soon. Thank you for posting!


    April 14, 2011

    You're so smart and resourceful...I love it!

    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf

    April 14, 2011

    Oh no! I just threw away a bunch of asparagus ends two days ago! Oh well. Spring ain't over. :)


    April 14, 2011

    GREAT idea, thank you! My days of being an "end tosser" are no more!!!! Have a great day.


    April 14, 2011

    Joline - It's really about size.... I use kosher and sea salt but becuase I like the bigger granules.


    April 14, 2011

    A delicious topping to asparagus soup... as weird as it sounds... is popcorn! Add a few kernels to the top like croutons... yummy. When I was abroad in Ecuador, they'd make this for me! I love it. Will have to try your recipe!


    April 14, 2011

    I make this kind of soup all the time. I usually start with a bag of frozen peas (rinsed) plus anything else i have lurking in the fridge - baby carrotts, spinach etc. I use stock or just water if i dont have any stock and it is YUMMY. The color is so vibrant that you just know it is good for you :0) Never thought of using the stalks of anything so a whole new frugal world has just opended up to me :)))))

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    April 14, 2011

    I recently discovered asparagus. I never ate it because I always thought it smelled weird, but now I make it with olive oil and kosher salt and I love it. I buy it every time it's on sale.


    April 15, 2011

    Saved my broccolini stalks last night and thought of you :0) LOL


    April 18, 2011

    Hi Roni...I made this soup yesterday to bring for lunch during the week and it seemed a bit watery for my liking; so I blended a can of butter beans and added that to the soup and it is soooo good!! Gave it a cream of asparagus soup consistency without a drop of cream! I also added a little cayenne pepper to mine because I like my soup with a kick :)


    April 18, 2011

    I was going to say the watery level is just adjusting the asparagus to broth ratio but adding pureed beans is simply genius!


    April 21, 2011

    Hi Roni, I made this soup and it came out very stringy! any suggestions on how to fix it or why this might have happened?


      February 14, 2014

      Pour through a sieve or strainer into another pot and continue cooking.


    April 21, 2011

    The first thing that comes to mind is not cooking them enough in the broth. Make sure they are soft before blending. The second thing would be to simply blend them more. Not sure if you can see in the pic but there is some "fibrous" texture to the soup. It's not completely smooth. Hope that helps! The great thing about this idea is you can keep trying becuase you are just going to trough the ends out anyway! :)

    Susie Bee on Maui (Eat Little, Eat Big)

    April 26, 2011

    Roni, Made this last week and used vegetable stock-it wasn't very good-overpowered by the stock. Made it today with vegetable broth-AWESOME! I added a tsp of cream and some grated parm and...yum yum! Thanks for passing along the tip.


    May 15, 2011

    Roni, What do you figure the points would be on the soup- Zero before adding the sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some bacon bits?


    May 16, 2011

    I do! It's just asparagus and broth! Totally 0 points!

    Allison K

    May 31, 2011

    Roni, I'm back after a couple years, and back on OLD WW - and you have a baby! It's crazy. Just wanted to say thanks for continuing to share so many great ideas. I'm having blast looking through all the 'new to me' recipes. I too, love asparagus, and it's this kind of thing that makes me want to bite the bullet and get a VitaMix... instead of throwing those asparagus ends into the compost!

    Emily Freeman

    August 10, 2011

    I used the ends and they were so stringy I had to throw the soup away it was awful, the ends I had must have been just too fiberous. I even used the food processor!


    August 10, 2011

    Emily - I thin it depends on how mature the asparagus is. I had much better luck with younger ones. They are less fibrous. Sorry it didn't work out for you.


    October 4, 2011

    Bummer, mine turned out stringy too. It tasted good though, but I couldn't get past the stringy texture. Tried blending it like crazy but still no luck.


    January 21, 2012

    The idea of this soup was amazing. It's winter so fresh asparagus is not readily available. I used canned asparagus (1 can) which was easier to puree since it has been softened from the water in the can. I used other reviewer's suggestion and added butter beans (half a can). I pureed the asparagus and beans in the blender, poured into a sauce pot, added 1 cup of fat-free chicken broth and heated to a boil. I topped with Roni's original bacon bits and grated parmesan along with a 1/2 tablespoon of crushed almonds. The flavor combination of the asparagus, nuttiness of the cheese and almonds, and the creamy "oomph" from the beans made this soup absolutely delectable! Thank you Roni for providing the inspiration for such a quick, simple, and yummy soup.

    Dorene Hodin

    February 20, 2012

    Hi Looking forward to trying your soup. This time of the year I am always asked to bring my strawberry asparagus salad, so I always have stem ends left. here is my recipe 2 bunches of asparagus cooked crisp tender and chilled. 1 pint strawberries hulled and sliced. dressing 1/4 cuo sugar, 2 tbs vinegar, 1 tbs poppy seeds, 1 1/2 tsp sesame seeds, 3/4 tsp grated onion, 1/8 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp worchershire sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbs water. Put in jar and shake to disolve sugar. Add 1/4 cup oil and shake again and chill for 1 hour. Layer asparagus spears in 9x13 glass pan, spread strawberries over the top and then sprinkle 1/4 cup or more of blue cheese crumbles on top. Re-shake dressing and pour over the salad. enjoy!


    December 28, 2012

    Thank you for saving another bunch of ends from the trash pit! wanted to roast then make roasted asparagus soup in my vita mixer with my soup button (best thing ever) you all might be interested in the homemade enzyme cleaner with your citrus apple and pineapple rinds google it super easy and fresh and it makes a great face cleanser too made a remarkable difference in one wash! happy cheap and better new year

    Jessica Cali

    March 30, 2013

    I will be trying this!! I am about to do some asparagus with dinner - so I'll make sure I keep the ends! The men in the house don't like soup but I love it! Thanks for this :)


    June 22, 2013

    I have some ends in the freezer waiting to be made into soup; once I have the ends from a 2nd bunch I'll have a little bit more to play with! I'm also going to throw the green parts of half a leek in the freezer bag (the other half is going into the chicken stock I'm making tonight!). Trying to get less waste out of the veggies I buy!


    March 11, 2014

    I made this the other day using a Cook's Illustrated tip for cooking broccoli for soup- add about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the asparagus ends as they are cooking in the broth. Apparently it makes the cell walls break down easier for a smoother consistency. With a touch of grated cheese it makes a great soup.


      March 11, 2014

      Great tip! I have tons of frozen tips in my freezer. I'll give it a shot!


    March 15, 2014

    Just peel the thicker stalks for less fiber.


    September 3, 2015

    Absolutely! !!! I hate wasting anything. So I put some asparagus ends in the freezer thinking I will come back to this. Reading your own comments above was all I needed.....I am now making soup and can not wait to taste the results! Sometimes just reading that someone else had the same thought us enough to motivate me!

    Al Hardy

    October 29, 2015

    I agree. I use the blender and also chicken stock. I add a little sea salt and black pepper. Very tasty.