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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats –Chunky Asparagus Soup

Chunky Asparagus Soup

My great-grandmother, Arizona Henry, always told me that the only downside to eating asparagus is that your pee smells like a skunk spray for hours after you eat it. The smell will make you think you have an infection. But no worries, asparagus is nontoxic. This smell will go away about eight hours after eating it. If you boil asparagus, only cook it for a few minutes. Overcooking asparagus will give you a stringy, yellowy, and slimy vegetable.

Asparagus is full of nutrients and has very few calories. A ½ cup is only 20 calories. Asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C, A, K, E, folate, potassium, and phosphorus. It promotes good digestive health. I encourage individuals who have diabetes to eat more asparagus because it is low in carbohydrates.

Chunky Asparagus Soup

1/2 cup butter

1 chopped onion

3 tbsp. minced garlic

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 bunches chopped asparagus

6 cups chicken stock

1 pint half and half

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add asparagus and sauté another 3 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil.
  6. Simmer until the asparagus is very tender.


Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.