Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick Asparagus and Leftover Rice Soup for One

Asparagus was beautiful at the store the other day so I grabbed a bunch. Came home and roasted some with potatoes for a quick dinner then decided to make a bowl of soup with about eight medium sized uncooked spears for lunch. This Asparagus with Rice Soup was a very pleasant surprise and something I wouldn't hesitate to make again! The big flavor boost came from bacon fat (surprise! :@)
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Once again this isn't so much a recipe as a suggestion to use your leftovers, cooked or uncooked, in ways that turn them into something new. Also, treat yourself well! I wouldn't hesitate to take 30 minutes to create a healthy, whole foods lunch for myself. This soup was truly the highlight of my work day!

Quick Asparagus and Leftover Rice Soup for One
2 Tblsp onion, small dice
2 tsp bacon fat-olive oil would be fine
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C water
1 tsp Chicken Better Than Bullion
Approx 8 spears of asparagus, washed, bottoms snapped off, tips reserved, stalks ground up
Fresh ground pepper
Approx 3/4 C milk-start with less and add more depending on how loose you want your soup
Approx 1/3 C Leftover cooked rice-I used Mexican Rice because that's what I had on-hand
  1. Saute onion in fat for 5 minutes in 2 quart pot.
  2. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add water, chicken base, ground up asparagus (I used my food chopper) and some black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to low simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add tips of asparagus and rice, bring to a quick boil and down to simmer.
  5. Add milk and bring back to a simmer. Adjust S&P.
  6. *Now, at this point if you are taking this for lunch in a thermos or plan to reheat later you are done. If you're eating it right away cook for a few more minutes until the tips are tender. If it's not thick enough for you, add a little flour to milk and thicken it up. 
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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  1. Love recipes for one. When my husband traveled for a living, I often ate alone and it's not easy to find recipes for one person. And we have left-over asparagus quite often and your soups sounds perfect for it.

  2. Pinning. Even though it is trying to be spring outside, I'm still on a serious soup kick around here. Soup for one is usually the kind I have, too, since I either fix it for lunch or when the man is out of town.

  3. I'm so glad you posted this! Asparagus was on sale for .99 a pound a few days ago and a got quite a bit. I had been wondering what I would do with it all, because my kids don't care for it. I'm thinking I'll make some sort of soup myself!!

  4. This soup sounds heavenly, Lynn. I love the words that you used of treating oneself well. Yes, we certainly should. xo

  5. That soup does sound extremely yummy Lynn.

  6. Boy, oh boy, Lynn! This is a goodie!



  7. It's so nice to have a recipe for a small amount. My hubby eats a lot of soups...I eat more salads. He's tall and thin and I'm....well, never mind! Thanks for the recipe sweet friend! Hugs!

  8. Wow, this looks so good on a cold day!

  9. I never thought of grinding up the stalks. Great soup idea.

  10. That sounds divine Lynn! I will make sure I have some fresh asparagus when I make your Mexican rice very soon!

  11. This sounds delicious...I can't wait to make it!

  12. MMmmm....sounds like a PERFECT lunch to me!!!

  13. Your soup for one from leftovers looks great Lynn! I love the flavor from roasting asparagus :)

  14. This soup sounds so yummy. Roasted asparagus is the best :-)

  15. Ooh, will have to try this one Lynn. The soup looks amazing! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. Yum, Lynn!! I love asparagus and I love rice, so this is a win-win for me. :) Thanks for sharing this soup recipe -- a real plus that's it's healthy, too!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  17. I've been seeing some beautiful asparagus at the store too and we actually had some roasted for dinner last Saturday night, I love asparagus soup!

  18. What a perfect sounding soup. The bacon fat would make this so fabulous. When I first learned to cook, I had a brilliant idea to make baking powder biscuits using bacon fat. Wow, were they mouthwatering!! My mother accused me of trying to kill everyone (heart attacks)!

  19. OOO, my....looks sooo good. :)

  20. I never cook for one, but I will definitely be making this soup. It sounds amazing.

  21. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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