Asparagus Soup with Saffron

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Asparagus Soup with Saffron
By Chirstina Paget

Overall Function: Harmonize the Liver and Spleen, cool and drain heat, while supporting Lung and Kidney Yin.
Ingredients:

4 1/2 cup Vegetable or chicken broth – (to 5 cups)
1 package of Saffron threads
3 1/2 lb Asparagus
1 large sweet Onion chopped fine
1/2 stick Butter (this can be completely omitted or subst. with olive oil)
2 cups Cubed potatoes – (1/2″ cubes)
1/2 cup or more Dry white wine
Preparation:
• In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil and remove pan from heat. Stir Saffron into hot broth and steep, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
• Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips separately. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water blanch tips 2 minutes, or until crisp tender, and transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain tips well and pat dry.
• In a large kettle, cook the onion in the butter until golden. Add the asparagus pieces, stir to combine, and cook for 3 more minutes.
• Stir in the potatoes, Saffron infusion, 4 cups broth, and wine and simmer, covered until vegetables are very tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.
• In a blender or food processor puree mixture in batches until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids).
• In kettle stir together puree and more broth/wine to reach desired consistency.
• Add half of asparagus tips and bring soup to a simmer.
• Season soup with pepper and salt if desired, but can also remain bland.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining asparagus tips. Enjoy!
Individual Ingredient Functions:
Saffron: Neutral-Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid, Balances Liver and Spleen
Asparagus: Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Supports Lung and Kidney Yin
Potato: Neutral, Sweet, Strengthens Spleen/Stomach, Supports Qi, and heals inflammation
Onions: Warming, Acrid, Sweet, Moves Qi, Loosens Phlegm
Butter: Neutral to Cool, Sweet and fatty
Olive Oil: Cooling, Sweet, Fatty, moistens, anti-inflammatory
White Wine: Cooling, Sour, Sweet, Enriches Yin