Fresh and light Asparagus Soup is made with just a handful of wholesome ingredients. It’s a creamy soup but has no cream or milk in it! Perfect any time.
Grilled asparagus is always a great way to celebrate the summer season but Asparagus Soup is perfect all year long!
The flavors from the asparagus tips, tender stalks with onions and garlic along with some lemon make a delicious end result.
It’s light enough for a summer soup and a great start to a winter meal without being too heavy.
It’s a creamy soup in texture but unlike Cream of Asparagus soup, it doesn’t have any cream or dairy!
You’ll love this soup! It’s family friendly with rave reviews from adults and kids alike.
This soup is naturally gluten-free!
- Olive oil
- Yellow Onion – the onion can be rough chopped or thinly sliced. The soup is blended at the end so it doesn’t matter which you choose.
- Garlic Clove
- fresh Asparagus
- Low Sodium Broth – either vegetable or chicken broth can be used. Select low sodium so you can control the salt level with seasoning.
- Juice of 1 Lemon – the lemon juice keeps the soup from becoming bitter. It adds a fresh flavor to the soup too.
- Salt and Pepper
When is Asparagus in Season?
Asparagus is available all year. The true season is in the Spring in the United States with harvesting between February and June.
Depending on where you live, this is the perfect time to pick wild asparagus too!
How to Select Asparagus
The stalks should be straight as well as smooth and firm to the touch. They should not be limp or wilted.
The tips should be closed as in the photo above. They too should be compact.
The color should be a vivid and not dull.
How to Trim Asparagus
The very bottom of the asparagus stalk will often have a woody texture. This should be removed before cooking asparagus.
It’s easy to trim because the asparagus will basically do the work for you.
Hold onto the end of the stalk (not the tip) and bend the stalk until it breaks.
The asparagus will naturally snap between the woody section and the tender area you’ll cook.
How to Make it – Step-by-Step
STEP 1: Heat the olive oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion (photo 1) and saute, cook stirring until soft and translucent (aproximately 9 minutes).
STEP 2: Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
STEP 3: Add the asparagus (photo 2) and saute for 3 minutes.
STEP 4: Pour in the broth, salt and pepper (photo 3). Bring to a simmer and cook for 35 minutes or until the asparagus is tender (photo 4).
STEP 5: Use an immersion blender (aka hand blender) to puree the soup until completely creamy (see below). Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
Alternatively a regular blender may be used processing the soup in batches.
How to Serve it
This hot soup is perfect on its own BUT these favorite toppings add a special touch. Pick one or a few:
- shredded Parmesan cheese
- a drizzle of heavy cream
- cracked pepper
- spoonful of Greek yogurt
- crumbled Bacon
How to Store it
Allow it to cool and store in a sealed container for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
How to Freeze It
Since there is no cream or milk in the soup it can be frozen with great results.
Allow to cool fully. Place in a freezer safe container. Leave 3/4-inches space on top (for expansion), seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw in the refrigerator and warm on the stove top.
What to Serve with It
- Homemade Garlic Bread
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Winter Salad & Warm Cranberry Honey Dressing
- Lemon Roasted Chicken
- Baked Donut Peaches
More Asparagus Recipes You’ll Love!
- Lemony Purple Asparagus Pancetta Pasta
- White Asparagus Arugula Spring Salad
- Balsamic Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts
- Asparagus Leek New Potato Frittata
- Asparagus Leek Romenesco Quiche
Light, fresh Asparagus Soup only needs a few ingredients for big flavor.
- 3 tablespoons Olive oil
- 2 medium Yellow Onions thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 Garlic clove minced
- 1 ½ pounds Asparagus trimmed and chopped
- 5 cups Vegetable or Chicken broth low sodium
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, approximately 9 minutes.
Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add the asparagus and quickly sauté for 3 minutes.
Pour in the broth, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook for 35 minutes or until the asparagus is tender.
Use an immersion blender to puree the asparagus until everything is well incorporated and creamy. NOTE: the soup can also be processed in batches in a regular blender if needed.
Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
Since there’s no cream or milk you can freeze this soup for up to 3 months! Once you are ready to serve it you can reheat it on the stove top.
● Add the lemon juice at the end so it won’t become bitter. It makes the soup taste super fresh and delicious!
● You can top it with parmesan cheese, heavy cream, a crack of pepper and even a spoonful of Greek yogurt.