Creamy Asparagus Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup

This Creamy Asparagus Soup is a velvety, creamy soup. However, this soup doesn’t have any cream; it’s dairy-free.

Two white bowls with cream of asparagus soup topped with chickpea croutons and asparagus tips
Creamy Asparagus Soup

The distinctive flavour of asparagus makes this veggie shine in any dish. It is the quintessential veggie of spring, and although you can buy asparagus year-round, spring is the best time to eat it. Asparagus tastes best when it has been recently harvested. This is because soon after harvest the sugars it contains begin to change to starches. And the sweet, tender flavour is what we all love about asparagus. As asparagus ages, and becomes starchy, and turns into a much blander version of itself.  When you can get it, freshly harvested, local asparagus is a treat.

Creamy asparagus soup in a white bowl topped with roasted chickpeas & asparagus spears
Creamy Asparagus Soup with Spiced Lemon Roasted Chickpea Croutons

Facts About Asparagus

Asparagus is grown from crowns and it can take 2 -3 years for a crop to be produced from a new crown. It also has a short growing season and is usually harvested in April here in Canada. Did you know that white asparagus is actually green asparagus that is grown without sunlight so that it doesn’t produce chlorophyll? It is a little more tender and sweet than green asparagus, and also more expensive, but worth trying.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Trimming The Spears

You will need to trim the woody ends from the asparagus spears. It’s easy to see where the woody fibers are because the green stems fade to white at the ends. To trim them, hold the spear, one end in each hand, and bend until it snaps. You can also use a knife. But keep those trimmings, because they are perfect for vegetable stocks and soups.

Asparagus Nutrition Info

It’s fantastic when something so good is also so good for you. Not only delicious but nutritious, asparagus is chock full of nutrients. It’s loaded with Vitamins A, C, K, E, and B6, as well as minerals like folate, calcium, and iron. On top of that, asparagus is full of good for your gut soluble and insoluble fiber. Here’s a full rundown on just how good for us this veggie is and the health (and other, surprising) benefits of eating lots of asparagus: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Asparagus

About This Creamy Asparagus Soup

This Creamy Asparagus Soup is thick and creamy without using any cream. I used potatoes in the soup to give it that velvety texture when it gets pureed. And I served the soup topped with Spiced Lemon Roasted Chickpeas which make a perfect crouton substitute. The lemony crunch they add complements the intense asparagus flavour in the soup.

Looking for more asparagus goodness? Try Lemon Pappardelle Asparagus Pasta.

How To Make Creamy Asparagus Soup

Creamy Asparagus Soup
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Creamy Asparagus Soup

A creamy soup without cream, this flavourful velvety soup is gluten-free and vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: spring soup, vegan soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Colleen

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 russet potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 8 cups vegetable stock no sodium
  • 2 lb asparagus tips removed from stems, and reserved, stems peeled and separated from woody ends
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. 
  • Add onion and celery, and garlic to the pot, reducing heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Add mustard seeds, bay leaf, thyme leaves, and salt, stirring to coat, about 1 minute
  • Add 6 cups of the stock, the potatoes, asparagus stems, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in another pot, add the remaining two cups of stock, plus the woody end of the asparagus stems. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer while the soup does, 20 minutes
  • Using a sieve, strain the cooking liquid from the woody ends into the soup, and discard the ends.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the soup to a smooth consistency. 
  • Add asparagus tips to the soup and simmer a further 5 minutes
  • Stir in dill, remove from heat, and serve topped with croutons

Notes

If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a blender to puree the soup in batches. Just be careful to allow the steam from the hot soup to escape from the blender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 994mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2825IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 6mg
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16 thoughts on “Creamy Asparagus Soup

  1. I love that this soup is creamy without cream!
    Asparagus is a great vegetable that we don’t eat enough of around here. I grew some once, and the odd stray spear still comes up!

  2. I love asparagus , it’s the king of spring veggies! Ans I love soup too! Quite a wonderful mix for me! Can’t wait to cook your recipe!

  3. I’m all about the asparagus lately, and I have just the right amount left from a recent recipe to make this soup. Love that it’s creamy without cream, and those chickpeas are the perfect topping!

  4. I love asparagus but have honestly never tried asparagus soup before! I’ve printed this recipe and am going to try it soon! And I love how you garnished it with the roasted chickpea croutons! Yummy!

  5. I was saying the other day I need to make asparagus soup. This would be perfect for Easter…and with asparagus season right around the corner, this would be so delicious. The roasted chickpeas are a nice addition, and would add treat crunch.

    1. Hi Gloria, this soup is so perfect for Easter. We usually have fresh local asparagus available here right in time for that weekend, which is so great!

  6. Wooow this looks sooo yummy and creamy! Can’t wait t try it! A warming soup is really needed in here in Sweden right now. 😛 <3

  7. This soup looks delicious! Asparagus is one of my favorites. I love how you topped it off with roasted spiced lemon chickpeas and pieces of asparagus.

  8. Sounds so healthy and looks delicious! I love that you use potatoes instead of heavy cream and make this recipe healthier:)

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