This easy asparagus soup recipe will become your go-to for any time you’re in the mood for something comforting and nutritious. With simple ingredients and minimal preparation, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a delicious bowl of asparagus soup.
All about Asparagus Soup
Asparagus soup is a simple dish that you can enjoy any time of the year. The bright and creamy flavor makes it suitable for a light meal or a side dish to accompany a main course.
Its unique taste comes from the combination of asparagus, potato, onion, garlic, evaporated milk, and seasoning, which creates an unmistakable flavor profile. You can serve this asparagus soup hot or cold depending on your preference and the season.
Asparagus is the star of this dish, so it is both healthy and tasty. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich green vegetable. It has very few calories and no fat, so it’s a great addition to a healthy diet plan. Asparagus is high in vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, iron, and dietary fiber. It is also rich in antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals in your body.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Asparagus Soup
- White onion
- Garlic clove
- Thin asparagus
- Medium-sized potato
- Vegetable stock
- Evaporated milk
- Olive oil
- Dried oregano
- Black pepper
- Bacon pieces (for garnish)
- Grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
How to Make Asparagus Soup
- Peel the garlic clove, onion, and potato. Finely dice the onion and potato and mince the garlic clove. Set aside.
- Snap off the ends of the asparagus to remove the toughest parts. Cut the asparagus into small pieces and set them aside.
- Heat the olive oil in the pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 10 until golden and fragrant.
- Add the asparagus and potato to the pot and saute for a couple of minutes.
- Add the vegetable stock, salt, pepper, and dried oregano to the pot. Mix well and cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
- While the soup is cooking, fry the bacon pieces.
- Add the evaporated milk, leaving a little for garnish, and mix well.
- Process the mixture in a food processor or use an immersion blender.
- Serve the soup with a drizzle of evaporated milk and sprinkle with the fried bacon pieces and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
Tips and Variations for Asparagus Soup
Follow these tips for the best asparagus soup, and try out these variation ideas.
- Use the freshest asparagus you can find. The fresher the asparagus, the sweeter and more flavorful your soup will be. Look for bright green stalks that are firm to the touch and avoid those with signs of wilting.
- Be sure to trim off any woody parts at the end of the stems before cooking.
- Use thick asparagus instead of thin asparagus stalks if that is all you can find. I like to use thin asparagus because they are super tender and cook very fast.
- Use frozen asparagus if you prefer. Thaw the asparagus before continuing with the recipe.
- Substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock.
- Use cream or yogurt instead of evaporated milk. This works especially well for the garnish.
- Omit the potato if desired. The potato is used in the recipe to add thickness to the soup. Or you substitute cornstarch and water for the potato by adding a mixture of 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water into the soup.
- Add a variety of herbs and spices, such as dill, thyme, or rosemary, for added flavor.
- To make it heartier, you could add cooked chicken or beef to the soup.
- Top off your creation with some roasted almonds or pine nuts for an extra crunchy texture.
- For a Mediterranean-style asparagus soup, add tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese to the puree. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley or mint leaves.
- Spice up your asparagus soup with a touch of curry powder or garam masala. The warm flavors of the spices will bring out the natural sweetness of the asparagus and make for a unique dish.
Asparagus Soup FAQs
Is this asparagus soup vegan?
The recipe is not vegan as written, but you can make a few changes to make it suitable for a vegan diet. Substitute a plant-based milk, such as almond or coconut milk, for the evaporated milk, and omit the bacon and Parmesan cheese for the garnish.
How do I store leftover asparagus soup?
After you chill any leftover asparagus soup, you can store it in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
Can I freeze this asparagus soup?
I do not recommend freezing this soup because it develops an undesirable consistency when it is defrosted.
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