Oh How I Love Asparagus
Are you like me and absolutely LOVE asparagus? When it comes in season in early spring, I have it at least twice a week!
The other night I was roasting some asparagus in the oven. To be honest with you, I totally forgot that I had it in the oven (I even turned the oven off). When I finally remembered that there was asparagus in the oven, the asparagus was quite overcooked and soggy…yuck!
I had overcooked 2 pounds of asparagus and I just didn’t want to waste it, so I put it in the refrigerator until I could think up a recipe to use up this overly cooked asparagus in.
This is that recipe, and let me tell you is it ever delicious! Sometimes the worst kitchen mistakes end up being the BEST successful recipes!
Does Your Urine Smell Different After You Eat Asparagus?
Ok, so I wanted to talk a bit about why some people might smell a pungent oder in their urine after they eat asparagus. Are you one of those individuals?
Let me start by saying it is normal if you smell a different smell in your urine after you eat asparagus and it is also normal if you don’t! More confused? Let me explain.
According to one study, between 22%-50% of people report that they have a pungent smell after eating asparagus. Furthermore, researchers believe that within 15-30 minutes after eating asparagus, your body releases a smelly chemical component created from the vegetable’s sulfurous amino acids.
Here is where it differs from one person to the next. It is believed that only one quarter of the population has the gene that allows you to smell the pungent oder that is caused when eating asparagus. (source: webmd.com)
So everyone has a strong oder after eating asparagus, the question then is if you have the gene that allows you to smell it. If you do, then you have a great sense of smell and a gene that others might not have! 🙂 Again, all of this is completely normal.
A Delicious Creamy Asparagus Recipe
Okay, so now that we have all that cleared up, lets get to this amazing recipe! This soup is so easy to make that it takes just about 10 minutes to whip together. Add a delicious sandwich (my sloppy joe recipe is my favorite with this soup) and you have a perfect meal!
- 2 cups leftover cooked asparagus
- ½ onion chopped
- 2 tbsp bacon grease
- 2½ cups chicken stock
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ cup half & half or heavy cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- top with a sprinkle of nutmeg,
- 4 pieced bacon (save bacon grease)
- Cook bacon until bacon is crisp, remove and allow to cool and crumble into small pieces. Save bacon grease.
- Add bacon grease to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook until translucent and tender (about 5 minutes)
- Add chicken stock, asparagus, thyme and salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- With a stick blender or a food processor or blender, mix until a thick puree.
- Stir in half & half or cream and top with bacon and nutmeg.
Share Your Thoughts
So lets hear it! Do you have this special gene? 😉