Cream of asparagus soup with flaked smoked haddock

4
1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, approximately 250g
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 200g of smoked haddock
  • 100ml of double cream
  • chopped chives, to garnish
  • garlic flowers, to garnish (optional)

Method

1
Sweat the onion, leek and celery in a pan with the olive oil until soft but without colour. Discard the woody ends of the asparagus, slice off and reserve the tips and slice the stalks into circles. Add the sliced stalks to the pan
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, approximately 250g
2
Add the chicken stock and cook gently until the vegetables are soft (about 45 minutes to 1 hour)
  • 1l chicken stock
3
Meanwhile, place the smoked haddock In a saucepan and pour over the double cream. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to cook for a couple of minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the haddock and keep warm. Pass the cream through a fine sieve and reserve
  • 200g of smoked haddock
  • 100ml of double cream
4
Use a hand blender to blitz the soup until smooth, then pass through a fine sieve. Bring back to the boil, season and keep warm. Cook the asparagus tips in rapidly boiling salted water until tender – a couple of minutes – then drain
5
To serve, pour the soup into suitable pre-warmed bowls and flake the cooked haddock into the centre. Garnish with the asparagus tips, chives and garlic flowers (if using), then drizzle the reserved cream around the sides
  • chopped chives, to garnish
  • garlic flowers, to garnish (optional)