CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP

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This creamy asparagus soup is thick, rich and full of flavor. A simple healthy recipe that’s warm and comforting, it really satisfies. Make it on stovetop or in the Instant Pot. I’ll show you how to make this easy recipe both ways!

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A serving of Cream of Asparagus Soup garnished with a swirl of heavy cream and sprinkling of chives.

Creamy asparagus soup is one of the easiest, tastiest soups of the season! With this in mind, it’s the perfect recipe to feed a crowd. Pair it with a fresh garden salad and a crusty loaf of artisan bread with butter.

There’s something deeply comforting about a pot of this fresh homemade soup on the stovetop. The aroma is so exciting! Garnished with a splash of cream, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese, it’s warm, cozy and delicious.

Serving of healthy asparagus soup in a white bowl with metal spoon.

INGREDIENTS

Although the prime harvesting months for asparagus is February through June, this veggie is now available at markets year round. Assemble this easy recipe with fresh asparagus and some basic and pantry staples.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Garlic cloves
  • Thin tender asparagus stalks (not the thick ones)
  • Chicken stock
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly-ground
  • Lemon juice
  • OPTIONAL GARNISHES: Fresh chives and shredded Parmesan cheese.
Ingredients for making cream of asparagus soup from scratch.

BEST INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for this cream of asparagus soup? Don’t put on your shoes and head to the market. Instead, head to your fridge or pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps.

It’s convenient and money-saving to use ingredients you already have on hand!

  • FRESH ASPARAGUS: Use frozen asparagus instead.
  • OLIVE OIL: This ingredient helps garlic and shallot become golden and fragrant without scorching. Sub with a neutral-tasting cooking oil (without strong flavor or aroma) like canola, sunflower, or grapeseed oil.
  • SHALLOT: Replace this ingredient with sweet onion, white onion or yellow onion. In a pinch, use red onion or leeks.
  • GARLIC CLOVES: This ingredient adds earthiness and bite to the asparagus soup. Use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder instead.
  • CHICKEN STOCK: Use chicken broth or vegetable stock. You can also use chicken or vegetable bouillon cubes, or granulated bouillon, with hot water. If watching salt intake, use a broth or stock that’s low in sodium.
  • HEAVY CREAM: This ingredient adds richness and creaminess to the soup. Sub with sour cream or canned coconut milk. In a pinch, you can stir in bits of softened cream cheese.
  • BUTTER: This ingredient adds richness and distributes flavor. It gives the soup a silky satisfying mouthfeel. The best substitute is margarine.
  • LEMON JUICE: Acids are important for deeply-flavorful soups. They bring them to life. Good substitutes for lemon juice: lime juice or apple cider vinegar. The latter will give this asparagus soup an earthy rustic taste.
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH – FRESH CHIVES: Use green onions or dill instead.
Two bowls of creamy asparagus soup with garnishes of black pepper, heavy cream and chopped chives.

RECIPE STEPS FOR ASPARAGUS SOUP

RECIPE PREP: Rinse asparagus. Pat dry between paper towels. Line up the stalks on a wooden board. Slice off and discard tough ends that are white or purple in color. Cut tender stems, tips and spears into 1/2-inch pieces.

Whether prepping asparagus soup on stovetop or in the Instant Pot, you can make this easy recipe in 4 simple steps. Here’s how.

STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS

  • STEP 1: Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add olive oil, chopped shallots, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Stir frequently until shallots are slightly caramelized. If using dried spices (like a pinch of red pepper flakes) to increase the flavor profile, add them now and sauté 1 minute.
  • STEP 2: Deglaze the pot with 1/2 cup chicken stock. Let it simmer until reduced by half. We want a nice concentrated flavor!
  • STEP 3: Add asparagus pieces to the pot along with 3 cups chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover pot with a lid. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes, or until asparagus is tender enough to puree.
  • STEP 4: Transfer the soup to a powerful high-speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Another option is an immersion blender. But this will take more time and texture of the soup may be fibrous or pulpy. If this is the case, press puréed soup through a sieve. Stir in lemon juice and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

  • STEP 1: Gather ingredients together. Chop the shallots. Press or mince the garlic. Measure out the chicken stock. Squeeze the lemon juice with a citrus press. Melt the butter. Take out a tablespoon for measuring the olive oil. Have everything close at hand, ready to go.
  • STEP 2: Heat the Instant Pot using the sauté function. Add olive oil, shallot, minced garlic and a pinch of salt. Sauté, stirring frequently until mixture is lightly golden and fragrant.
  • STEP 3: Pour in the chicken stock. With a wooden spoon, stir briefly to combine. Attach lid of the Instant Pot. Make sure valve is in the sealing position. Select Pressure Cook – Manual for 5 minutes. Once Instant Pot is done cooking, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Turn valve to Venting Position to release additional pressure.
  • STEP 4: Transfer the soup to a powerful high-speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Another option is an immersion blender. But this will take more time and the texture of the soup may be fibrous or pulpy. If this is the case, press the puréed soup through a sieve. Stir in lemon juice and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
How to make asparagus soup in 4 easy steps.

SERVE AND GARNISH CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP

  • Ladle soup into bowls.
  • Give each serving a culinary hug with lavish drizzles of heavy cream. Along with a savory taste, it increase richness and mouthfeel.
  • Sprinkle the surface with freshly-chopped herbs like chives, dill, Italian parsley, basil or thyme.
  • Make creamy asparagus soup memorable by adding a crispy texture. Use shredded Parmesan cheese, croutons, or bits of cooked crispy bacon.
Cream of asparagus soup garnished with cream, salt and chives.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions when making creamy asparagus soup, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

HOW TO BUILD FLAVOR THROUGHOUT THE COOKING PROCESS?

Add salt gradually from beginning to end. At every stage of the process, this ingredient will assist the asparagus in releasing flavor. At the end, add acid (lemon juice) to brighten and balance the flavors. Garnishing with heavy cream adds a savory, thick, rich mouthfeel. Chives and Parmesan cheese add rustic flavor and texture.

HOW TO MAKE ASPARAGUS SOUP MORE SAVORY?

Fry 4 slices of thick-sliced bacon until crisp. Sauté chopped yellow onion in butter or bacon fat. After drizzling heavy cream over individual portions of soup, sprinkle onion-bacon mixture over the top. You can also add 1 tablespoon of sherry to enhance the soup’s savory flavor.

HOW TO THICKEN CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP?

Simmer on stovetop to reduce the soup. Stir occasionally. Once desired thickness is reached, remove pot from heat. Another thickening idea: chop a potato into small cubes. Sauté them with butter and onion. Stir this mixture into the creamy soup.

IDEAS FOR GARNISHING CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP?

Garnish with swirls of heavy cream or sour cream. A vegetarian option is coconut milk. For fresh herbs try: chives, Italian parsley, thyme, dill, green onions, or basil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and croutons.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS SOUP?

Serve with oven roasted asparagus, a fresh garden salad, Spanish tapas, or crusty artisan bread. It makes a healthy side for a variety of entrees: meat, chicken or fish.

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER SOUP?

Transfer cooled soup to an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 2 days. For longer storage, freeze without heavy cream, herbs or cheese.

Creamy asparagus soup garnished with drizzles of heavy cream and freshly-snipped chives.

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A serving of Cream of Asparagus Soup garnished with a swirl of heavy cream and sprinkling of chives.

CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes on Stovetop
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

Description

This creamy asparagus soup is garnished with a splash of cream, fresh herbs and Parmesan. It’s so delicious! Recipe instructions include 2 methods: Stovetop and Instant Pot.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 1/2 pounds thin tender asparagus stalks (not the thick ones)
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • OPTIONAL GARNISHES: Fresh chives and shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Rinse asparagus under cold water. Pat dry between paper towels. Line up stalks on a wooden board. Slice off and discard tough ends that are white or purple in color. Cut tender stems, tips and spears into 1/2-inch pieces.

STOVETOP DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add olive oil, chopped shallots, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Stir frequently until shallots are slightly caramelized. If using dried spices (like a pinch of red pepper flakes) to increase the flavor profile, add them now and sauté 1 minute. 
  2. Deglaze the pot with 1/2 cup chicken stock. Let it simmer until reduced by half. We want a nice concentrated flavor! 
  3. Add asparagus pieces to the pot along with 3 cups chicken stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover pot with a lid. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes, or until asparagus is very tender.
  4.  Transfer soup to a high-speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Another option is an immersion blender. But this will take more time. The texture may be fibrous or pulpy. If this is the case, press puréed soup through a sieve. Stir in lemon juice and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.

INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat the Instant Pot using the sauté function. Add olive oil, shallot, minced garlic and a pinch of salt. Sauté, stirring frequently until mixture is lightly golden and fragrant. 
  2. Add chicken stock. Stir briefly to combine. Attach lid of the Instant Pot. Make sure valve is in the sealing position. Select Pressure Cook – Manual for 5 minutes.
  3. Once Instant Pot is done cooking, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Turn valve to Venting Position to release additional pressure. 
  4. Transfer the soup to a powerful high-speed blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Another option is an immersion blender. But this will take more time. The soup may be fibrous or pulpy. If this is the case, press puréed soup through a sieve. Stir in lemon juice and melted butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.

SERVE & GARNISH

Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle with heavy cream. Sprinkle the top with freshly-chopped chives and shredded Parmesan cheese.

Notes

IDEAS FOR GARNISHING SOUP: Garnish with drizzles and swirls of heavy cream or sour cream. A vegetarian option is coconut milk. For fresh herbs try: chives, Italian parsley, thyme, dill, green onions, or basil. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons. 

HOW TO MAKE ASPARAGUS SOUP MORE SAVORY: Fry 4 slices of thick-sliced bacon until crisp. Sauté chopped yellow onion in butter or bacon fat. After drizzling heavy cream over individual portions of soup, sprinkle onion-bacon mixture over the top. You can also add 1 tablespoon of sherry to enhance the soup’s savory flavor.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Asparagus Soup, Creamy Asparagus Soup, Cream of Asparagus Soup

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5 thoughts on “CREAMY ASPARAGUS SOUP”

  1. What a healthy flavorful soup. So creamy and so delicious. Perfect for cozy nights. I’m saving this recipe to make it again. Thanks!

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  2. This soup was super creamy and satisfying!! We served it as an appetizer before our main meal for dinner tonight and our family and friends loved it!

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