I have never in my life seen, let alone received, a kohlrabi as big as the one I picked up from my farm share last week. It was, no joke, bigger then my head. (completely nuts) If I didn't know the farm and the farmers of my CSA, I would have to question whether or not it was grown in radioactive sludge…(kind of like the dandelions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie from the 90's)
What is a kohlrabi you ask? It's kind of a cross between a turnip and a cabbage that is usually the size of a baseball. It can be eaten raw (I like chunks dipped in mustard) or cooked. (roasted chunks dipped in mustard) It pairs well with sweet stuff like apples and honey, or in any savory stuff. Its one of my favorite vegetables (I say that about them all!)
So now that you know about kohlrabi (if you didn't already) its time to get yourself some and make this soup. Because for real, I am not kidding when I say that this is one of the best soups that I have ever made. You really must try it. And do it soon because hopefully in the next few weeks the soup weather will turn into fresh pea weather and we might not want soup as much (I eat soup all year long)
A gigantic kohlrabi cut in half ( I only used one of the halts) A whole yellow onion and 2 large carrots. I also added in 4 cloves or garlic
Peel the kohlrabis tough skin off and chop up into chunks. Chop the carrot, garlic and onion as well .
All of those chopped veggies get thrown into a pot with two cups of water and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cover and place on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes. (give a stir ever now and then) Keep cooking until the veggies are fork tender.
Once the chunks are all cooked up, its time for the immersion blender. (or into a regular blender) Add in at least 3 cups of water, but more to thin out to your desired consistency and let it rip. Stop blending once the soup is nice and creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. Leave on low heat to bring back to a good soup eating temperature.
Now the soup is done.. and you can eat it just as it is, but you should really add in the asparagus. It is just so f*ing good. Just grab a few spears, dice them nice and small, and throw into the soup pot. Let it cook for another 5 minutes and wa la.. Soup is done. Ladle into bowls and if you want a little fancy presentation, add a swirl of mustard (it's so good) and a whole cooked asparagus spear.
And eat one of the greatest soups ever!
Happy Day Wednesday!
Creamy Kohlrabi Soup with Asparagus
- 3-4 kohlrabi (or 4 cups chopped Kohlrabi)
- 2 large carrots
- 1 large onion
- 4 or more cloves of garlic
- Salt and Pepper
- 4-6 spears of Asparagus (extra if you want to garnish)
- Yellow Mustard (optional)
Peel outer layer of kohlrabis. Roughly chop the onion, carrot, kohlrabi and garlic and stick it all into large dutch oven or stock pot. Add water until veggies are half submerged . Add a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and place on burner on medium heat and cover. Check ever 5 or so minutes and give the pot a good stir. After about 25 minutes, all the veggies should be very tender and almost fall apart when stuck with a fork. With an immersion blender or regular blender, blend till smooth, adding water until soup is at your desired constancy. Return soup to medium heat. Small dice asparagus and add to pot. (I added 2 extra whole pieces and fished them put once cooked for garnish.) Keep on heat for another 5-10 minutes until asparagus is cooked.
Scoop into bowl and squirt top with yellow mustard and top with a spear of cooked asparagus.
Eat with a spoon and lick bowl clean.