Woody Ends Creamy Sauce Recipe

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Woody Ends Creamy Sauce

Linda Lehman


I hate waste, I love asparagus and I love thick creamy sauces. So, I decided to try to come up with a way of using the woody ends of my asparagus stalks instead of wasting half the stalk. This recipe gives a very creamy sauce that you can eatas is for soup or add to it to create a creamy sauce.
I use Low Fat canned milk. You will not get the funny taste at all that canned milk has.
I like to use this in place of a bechamel sauce.
This keeps well in the fridge for several days or you can freeze it for use all year long.

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Makes 2 1/2 quarts


10 Min


55 Min


Stove Top


4 c
woody ends of asparagus
1 1/2 c
brown rice, raw
8 c
1 c
onion, chopped
3-6 clove
garlic, chopped
1 tsp
1 can(s)
canned milk, low fat

Directions Step-By-Step

Break the ends of asparagus stalks off.
Cut the woody ends on a diagnol about 1/8" thick. Cutting them up prior to cooking is essential as the woody fibers will not break down so you would just have strings. Cutting them up this way is the only solution
Put all ingredients, except the milk into a large soup pot. Be sure the water covers everything. Add a bit more water if you need to. Its better to have to much than not enough. The rice will absorb most of it.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a very low boil. Cover and simmer until rice is done.
Brown rice takes about 50 minutes.
Use an immersion blender or blender to puree everything. If it is a bit thin, simply simmer it a bit longer if you wish.
Add your canned milk and blend well.

Thats it! Below are some options.
I love it just like this as a warm, thick soup.
I add a bit of cheese and throw it onto pasta. Warm, comforting!
Or saute some mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, add a touch of sherry and add it to the sauce for a rich Mushroom sauce that is wonderful on chicken.
I use it in place of bechamal sauce (white sauce) when making a lot of dishes.
I often throw extra onions and garlic into the oven when I am roasting something so I use those to make this sauce with.
I also have added carrots to the cook pot to make it slightly sweet.

This rich creamy sauce can replace any white sauce or Bechamel you may need.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #Low, #creamy, #fat, #Flexible