It’s asparagus season and we can’t get enough. This flavorful spring treat is healthy, abundant in all the farm stands and nicely priced. There are so many ways to enjoy…from simple to sophisticated. This creamy soup falls somewhere in the middle…great for guests, great for the family. Note: This is not “cream of” asparagus…it is a light and creamy soup that will help us all get ready for summer. Enjoy!
Light and Creamy Asparagus Soup
2 Tb. Macadamia Nut Oil (or butter)
1 small onion, chopped
2 lbs. asparagus (2 bunches)
6 cups chicken stocks
14 oz. can white beans, drained
1/3 cup yogurt
1-3 pinches of cayenne
3-4 slices of bacon, chopped
In a large pot, warm the oil/butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Cut the tops off the asparagus and reserve for garnish. Cut the rough ends off the bottom.
Chop the rest of the asparagus into short segments and add to the pot.
Sauté asparagus for another 3-5 minutes–until the asparagus in bright in color and tender. Add the beans, stock and cayenne to taste. Simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered.
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add the yogurt and puree again.
Salt and pepper to taste, and add a squeeze of lemon.
Place a small skillet over medium heat. Brown the bacon; then add the asparagus tops to the bacon. Sauté for 1-2 minutes.
Drain and garnish the soup with the bacon and asparagus.