Thursday, March 31, 2011

Simple and Healthy Asparagus Spinach Soup

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Technically I'm still grounded (through the weekend) but I managed to sneak in this post for a Simple and Healthy Asparagus Spinach Soup.

If you're looking for a rich soup loaded with cream and butter...JUMP SHIP...as this is not the recipe for you!

While I did add 1/4 cup of cream at the very end of the cooking... I mostly relied on garlic, onion and good ol' fashion salt and pepper to enhance the soup's natural flavors...

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Served with crusty garlic toasts topped with a spreadable goat cheese...

This Asparagus Spinach Soup makes the perfect starter to any spring inspired menu!

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Simple and Healthy Asparagus Spinach Soup

Ingredients:
2 1/2 to 3 cups, chopped fresh asparagus
1 large onion, diced
2 very large garlic cloves, chopped
2 good handfuls baby spinach
4 cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
Olive Oil for sauteing (about 1/4 cup) or butter for a richer soup
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large soup pot with lid, add olive oil and saute up the onion and the garlic over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.

Add the asparagus and spinach and stir well. Continue cooking about 4 minutes.

Add stock and bring to a boil.

Turn down heat to a simmer, cover pot and cook 25 minutes.

Remove from heat, allow soup to cool slightly and blend soup in batches in a blender.

Stir in cream, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with garlic toasts brushed with goat cheese...
Do you recall Tiffany from my childhood? Well, she placed the Asparagus Spinach Soup in dainty little tea cups. While it's cold outside and rainy here today...isn't it nice to imagine you're lunching in the garden?!

if you have no idea who Tiffany is...believe me...it's just as well!   ;)
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18 comments:

Bo said...

Great minds think a like....I'm making chickpea and spinach soup as I type.

Karen said...

I was planning on making asparagus soup tonight! (Although mine will probably have about 12 times the cream.) This is a great, healthier option.
So happy asparagus is in season!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Love you both :) Yes...I would say great minds think alike! XO ;)

Can't wait to see/read YOUR posts!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

OMG this sounds so so So good!! I am an asparagus fiend! I love the simplicity of this soup. And of course, you put goat cheese in pretty much anything and I'm a happy girl :)

Courtney said...

Girrrrl, this my cup of tea! Err....bowl of soup! :)

Looks great - and delicious!

Mary said...

I do love the way your soup looks. It is a perfect soup for spring. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

I love the sound of this soup! Can't wait to try it using reduced-fat milk instead of the cream. Perfect for Spring...

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

lovely spring soup

Santosh Bangar said...

perfect and healthy soup

Clint said...

This looks really good. I love your pics.

Pegasuslegend said...

what a delicious combo love the picts too!

Katerina said...

I will ask them to keep you grounded a little bit more. It seems that you found the state at which you are very creative, lol. Beautiful soup, I love the color!

Jenn said...

The soup looks lovely! And I love the little toasts with goat cheese on top... YUM!!

Simply Life said...

oh delicious! this soup looks perfect for spring!

Edible Art said...

1 large bowl to-go please!
with some crusty french bread on the side! ^ ^

Joanne said...

So...asparagus is my absolute most favorite spring vegetable. And I've been eating it by the pound. Literally. I think it's time I turn it into some soup! This sounds delicious.

Magic of Spice said...

Oh my, just delicious! I still have some asparagus left and I'd love to try this :)

Bethany said...

It does look like the perfect soup for spring time. It think I might have to take a break from my meal replacements and make this instead.