Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

The BEST Healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup! This rich, velvety soup tastes decadent but is made without cream. A quick, easy recipe that’s perfect for spring.

YIELD: Serves 4
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices thick cut bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped leeks (white and light green parts); or swap yellow onion or shallot
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt, plus additional for serving (do not use fat free or it may curdle and the soup will not be as creamy)

Directions:

  1. If serving with bacon: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and prepare according to this guide for Baked Bacon. Crumble or dice and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or similar medium/large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and potatoes cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, asparagus, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. With an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. (You can also carefully transfer it to a blender or food processor in batches and blend it that way. Be careful as hot soup tends to splatter!) Return the blended soup to the pot and let cool a few minutes. Stir in the Greek yogurt, then season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Remember that if you are adding the bacon on top, it will also be salty, so be careful not to overdo it.
  4. Serve hot, topped with crumbled bacon, a sprinkle of fresh chives, and an extra dollop of Greek yogurt as desired.
  5. To make vegetarian, omit the bacon or try swapping it for the roasted chickpea “croutons” in my recipe for Caesar Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. To make vegan: omit the Greek yogurt or swap for a non-dairy yogurt. Omit bacon.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 m months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat gently on the stove top or in the microwave.

Source : https://www.wellplated.com/cream-of-asparagus-soup/

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