Roasted Asparagus Soup with Lovage and Dill

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Author Notes: When we moved to this house 33 years ago, the backyard was a flatland save for two sticks that called themselves trees, a three foot lilac bush and a small 4 x 10 empty garden plot. My Dad, an avid gardener, came over armed with cuttings from his herb garden - thyme, sage, chives, garlic chives, oregano and lovage. He told me that the lovage would give me years of wonderful celery flavor for soups and stews and would grow like a bush every year. Well, 31 years later, the two sticks are over 50 feet tall, the lilac is huge and the lovage comes back every year.inpatskitchen

Makes 7 cups

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound green asparagus, trimmed
  • 3/4 pound white asparagus, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled and diced new potatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons chopped lovage(or celery leaves if lovage is not available)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon dried dillweed
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • sour cream for garnish (optional)
  1. Rub the asparagus with the olive oil and roast in a 400F oven for 20 minutes. Let cool a bit and then cut into 2 inch pieces.
  2. Sweat the shallot in the 3 tablespoons butter until soft.
  3. Stir in the potatoes and lovage and add the broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh and dried dill and the asparagus.
  5. Process in a food processor or blender, in batches, until smooth.
  6. Reheat and season to taste with the salt and white pepper. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream if desired.
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over 3 years ago gingerroot

Your soup sounds delicious, and I really love your story. I love lilacs and it reminded me of the large lilac bush that grew outside of my apartment in Boston. Their intoxicating aroma let me know that spring had arrived; I had survived another long Boston winter.

Dscn3274

over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you gingerroot! This winter was long and cold for us...BUT it was 80F yesterday..time to crank up the air!

Me

over 3 years ago wssmom

What a terrific story and a great way to remember your dad! Are the lilacs in full bloom now? (Oh, yeah, and the soup sounds pretty awesome, too!)

Dscn3274

over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

The lilacs are in bloom ( I'll bring a few in as soon as the Mom's Day tulips lose it), Dad's still gardening at 86...and thanks for the soup like!

Dscn2212

over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Lovely, earthy soup. Wonderful story.

Dscn3274

over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you boulangere!