Asparagus & Bread Soup

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

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Our November Daring Cooks’ hostess was Begoña, who writes the beautiful blog, Las recetas de Marichu y las mías. Begoña is from Spain and didn’t want to go with the more common challenges of paella or gazpacho, she wanted to share with us another very popular recipe from Spain that we don’t see as often called Sopa Castellana which is a delicious bread soup!

I chose to make the Green Asparagus Soup – asparagus was just coming into season in New Zealand, so it was the perfect choice. I loved the mellow flavours, offset by a subtle ‘hit’ with the paprika. The textures, with the egg and the soaked bread, was interesting too. Glad I made it.



Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6 Servings


  • 2 bunches green asparagus
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 bread slices
  • 6 large eggs
  • 8 cups vegetable stock (if vegetarian or chicken stock)
  • A few saffron threads
  • Salt


  • Clean and cut the asparagus discarding the tough end. Toast bread.
  • Cover the bottom of a stew pan with oil and heat it. Chop garlic cloves and add to warm oil. Stir and before they have colour, add the asparagus. Continue stirring until the garlic softens, add toasted bread continue stirring.
  • Add paprika, stirring quickly with a spatula, toast paprika making sure that it doesn’t burn. Add the stock. Add the saffron and salt to taste, stir well and let it gently boil on a medium heat until asparagus is tender. This will take around ½ hour.
  • Eggs can be added at last minute to poach (3-4 minutes) or the eggs can be poached separately and added into the serving bowl with the finished soup.
Keyword Asparagus Soup
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Susan, AKA Kiwicook
About The Author
Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


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    G’day and congrats on completing this month’s challenge, true!
    Your bread soup looks delish and wish could try some now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of The Daring Kitchen Cooks Challenge


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