4/16/12

Cream of Asparagus & Spinach Soup Recipe


Guess what?! There is no cream in this soup. What makes this Cream of Asparagus & Spinach Soup creamy is the addition of a few boiled potatoes. This is an incredibly healthy, nutrient-filled and easy-to-make soup. Luckily, it's also delicious and can be served hot or chilled. If you want to make this into a vegan recipe, use vegetarian broth and leave out the Parmesan cheese.

Now, go grab some asparagus, spinach and potatoes and make this soup!

Cream of Asparagus & Spinach Soup
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 large white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

salt & pepper

1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1" pieces, blanched, reserve the blanching water***

9 ounces spinach

2 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed, cooked until tender

32 ounces low fat, low sodium chicken broth

Optional garnish: Parmesan cheese & fresh basil


Directions
1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil. Add onions and saute for five minutes. Add garlic and continue to saute for two minutes.
2. Add blanched asparagus, season with salt and pepper and cook for five more minutes.
3. Add spinach, cover the pot and let the spinach wilt.
4. Add potatoes and chicken stock, bring everything to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for ten minutes.
5. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. If you don't have an immersion blender, use a regular blender and CAREFULLY puree the soup in several batches. ***If you find the consistency of the soup too thick, add some of the reserved blanching liquid.
6. Serve the soup topped with shavings of Parmesan and freshly chopped basil.


A special thank you to my friend Cecilia for the wonderful props used in this post: she gave me a beautiful towel and a ceramic white basket for my bday: ♥.


Do you make soups in the warm weather? If you do, what's your favorite soup to make?

12 comments:

Belinda said...

No cream? Amazing! Loving this - perfect, perfect!

mary said...

That's exactly what I need in my diet: less cream.

Reem | Simply Reem said...

WOW This does looks creamy with no cream....
Healthy and delicious, this soup has just made to the top of my Must Have list...

Megan said...

I was going to say someone's been shopping at Crate & Barrel! Even better that the basket and towel were gifts. I love that this has no cream. It looks incredibly healthy!

Ben Herrera said...

Beautiful and so healthy!

Lighthousegal said...

I would enjoy the spinach part, but not so sure about the asparagus. It is about the only vegetable that I do not care for.
As for soup, I love it whether it is cold or warm weather. I often have some sort of soup and a salad or soup and half a sandwich for lunch. My favorite would have to be Minestrone.

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Rachel Cooks said...

This looks so tasty, and I love the photos, as always!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thank you, as always :)

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

wooo hoo! Let me know if you end up making it.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

not that a bit of cream would hurt ;)

Simone said...

Nice Olga and perfect time ofcourse for asparagus and for spinach! I love soup, no matter what the weather is (which is actually pretty nasty here at the moment..)