I woke up with a sudden craving for Mormor’s asparagus and spinach soup. It was one she had made for years: so creamy(but there's no cream in it!) and filling, with croutons and a hard-boiled egg.


When I was 8 years old, I came down with a terrible case of measles. I was really sick and had to stay home from school for weeks. Mormor and my parents tried to tempt me with all kinds of food, but I had barely any appetite at all. That is until one morning, I woke up with a sudden craving for Mormor’s asparagus and spinach soup. It was one she had made for years: so creamy and filling, with croutons and a hard-boiled egg.

My request created such a commotion! My dad ran to the grocery store to get the ingredients, and Mormor started cooking. An hour later, I was presented, in bed, with a beautiful bowl of warm soup. Everyone stood around me, watching as I ate. I finished the bowl and even asked for seconds. After that day, I felt so much better, and my appetite was back for good.

Sometimes all it takes is soup.

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SERVES 4

You will need:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 bunch asparagus, chopped
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach (you can use frozen too)
pinch of dried thyme pinch of pepper
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock salt to taste

For serving:
hard-boiled eggs, halved
croutons
olive oil
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Sauté the vegetables until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add asparagus and spinach, and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add thyme, pepper, and stock. Stir well.
  4. Bring everything to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Taste and season with salt, if needed.
  6. With an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot. If it seems too thick, just add a little more stock.
  7. Let the soup simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Pour into bowls and serve with hard-boiled eggs, croutons, and a light drizzle of olive oil.

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I woke up with a sudden craving for Mormor’s asparagus and spinach soup. It was one she had made for years: so creamy(but there's no cream in it!) and filling, with croutons and a hard-boiled egg.
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