Creamy Asparagus Soup

 

The Holiday Season is here.  Is everybody ready?  I have seen so of the most delicious looking food this season all over the Internet.  It makes choosing side dishes difficult.  I do know that I am making stuffed brussel sprouts created by Jerry Stone.  I am excited to make them.  I love brussel sprouts!

I found some beautiful asparagus at the market and was just going to steam them as usual but then decided why not make an elegant creamy soup instead.  So that is what I did.  This would make a lovely first course to your holiday meal or anytime.

This was easy to prepare too.  I sauteed some leeks and a little bit of garlic and then tossed in the asparagus along with some veggie broth.  I just allowed this all to simmer until the veggies were soft.   The hardest part was straining the soup after I had pureed it.  You really want to strain this as the woody parts of the asparagus don’t totally puree.  Maybe I should have trimmed the stems, I just thought about that as I was writing this, LOL.  Add a little half and half, I used the fat free type and some fresh thyme, reheat and it’s done.

 

Recipe

1 pound asparagus chopped save the tips for later

1 leek washed and sliced thin

1 tablespoon non dairy butter

2 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons flour

2 1/1 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup half and half or more if needed

fresh thyme

lime juice (optional)

Chop the asparagus but save the tips until you add the cream.  Saute the leeks in the margarine or butter, until they start to soften then add the chopped asparagus.  Saute for about 5 minutes on a low heat.  Add the flour and mix well.  Slowly add in the broth and stir until the flour is well blended and not lumpy.  Simmer about ten minutes or until the asparagus are cooked.  Remove from heat and puree the soup until smooth or as smooth as you can get it.  Strain the puree through a fine wire mesh or cheese cloth back into the pot.  Add the cream and and the reserved asparagus tips and some fresh thyme.  Simmer until the tips are cooked but not too soft.

 

The photo below is the entrance to a nature preserve not far from my house.  There are miles of winding paths.  I wasn’t able to get through the whole hike so I plan to go back within the next few days.  I actually saw a bobcat lying in one of the paths.  I had never seen one before and I was so stunned and a bit frightened that I was only able to get a photo of him running away.

 

 

 

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  1. What a fantastic soup! I love asparagus!

  2. I’ve never tried asparagus soup before so maybe I should give this a try? I need to learn more soup recipes! Stock and lentil soup are probably getting tiresome for my poor family!

    I absolutely love that photograph! What a beautiful hike that must have been! I hope you are having a good start to your week!

  3. Always looking for great new soups in the winter. Thank you!

  4. Looking for new soups now that it really feels like winter…this one looks like a winner. Thanks!

  5. We bought a lot of asparagus for Christmas and I still have some (I’m sure I have 1 lb at least) It’ll be my first asparagus soup. So happy to see all the ingredients are in the fridge! We’ll eat out tonight but making this this week! :D Thank you for stopping by my blog – I’m happy to find this recipe!

  6. I am excited to try this recipe out! I eat LOTS of soup after the holidays as it fills me up with the right foods and gives me lots of warmth + comfort! Thank you for sharing :) Love + Shine CourtStar

  7. Sorry dear Suzi I am late! I wanted to come by earlier when I saw your post in Google+. Your soup sounds devine. I like the idea of adding Lemon juice and thyme to the asparagus, that should round the flavors up and give it a new dimension the dish. I think so I had a similiar soup in a wedding once, many years ago. Yes, I don’t forget good food! =D

    I wish you a lovely weekend!

  8. I agree with Maureen – the velvety quality of asparagus soup is always so satisfying! Not to mention that asparagus has one of the more unique and characterful flavors of the veggies. Beautiful, Suzi!

  9. I would love to hike through that nature preserve. Lol if I ran into a bobcat though I would have immediately frozen :) Great soup and such a brillant color. It looks wonderfully simple and tasty. My family’s Thanksgiving is actually not till this Sunday (eep!) so I’m in full prep mode.

  10. I share your love for Brussels sprouts. This soup is such a pretty color!

  11. Yum. This looks creamy and warm and comforting. Great recipe.

  12. now this sounds like a delicious idea for christmas dinner! looks gorgeous!

  13. I love asparagus soup. It always feels like velvet on a spoon. Great photos!

  14. I was going to say the same as Kath, never had asparagus soup. This looks so yummy!

  15. Liz

    Mmmmm…this looks delish, Suzi and it’s garnished so beautifully! I must have missed Jerry’s stuffed Brussels sprouts…I just roasted mine today:) Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I’m grateful to have you as a friend! xo

  16. What a delicious looking soup! Leeks are such a great place to start with a soup like this, but finding asparagus here this time of year can be a challenge. I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe for when I do. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

  17. That soup looks fantastic! Wonderfully photographed as well.

  18. Such a warming and delightful soup! Love the combo of leek and asparagus.

  19. I love the asparagus leek combo here!!So delicious looking soup Suzi!!Have to try it!!Lovely pics too :)

  20. What a creamy and delightful soup. You saw a bobcat…. the other day it was an alligator. You are brave! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend. :)

  21. comfort food.. want to try this! :D

  22. What a beautiful soup! I don’t think I’ve ever had asparagus soup. You’re Creamy Asparagus Soup sounds delicious!

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