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White Asparagus & Potato Soup

38 min

Soup

10 ingredients or less

Freezer-friendly

White asparagus is a beloved ingredient here in The Netherlands when it's in season. The Dutch appear to have a mild obsession with it. A delicious way to enjoy white asparagus is in a soup, topped with crunchy roasted hazelnuts and a sprinkle of fried onions. Yum!!

Servings

Total

38 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

28 min

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Ingredients

  • 5 cups (670 g)
    fresh white asparagus
  • 4 cups (960 mL)
    water, divided
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 2
    medium potatoes, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder (optional)
  • 1 pinch
    salt
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper

Optional garnishes

  • crispy fried onions
  • fresh chives
  • roasted hazelnuts
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Directions

  1. Peel the outer layer of the asparagus with a vegetable peeler. Trim off the ends to remove any tough, woody bits.
  2. Place the asparagus in a large pot on medium-high heat along with half of the water. Bring to simmer and let cook partially covered for 8 - 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooked asparagus to a plate and reserve the cooking liquid by pouring it into a bowl.
  4. Return the pot to the burner, add the oil and onion, sautéing for 2 - 3 minutes, or until lightly golden. Add splashes of the reserved water to deglaze the pot as needed.
  5. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until fragrant.
  6. Then add the potatoes, bouillon cubes, paprika powder, salt, pepper, and the reserved cooking water. Add the remaining half of the water as well. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer while partially covered for 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. Cut the tips off the asparagus and reserve for garnish. Cut the stalks into 2 - 3 pieces and add to the pot after it has boiled, and you have turned it down to a simmer.
  8. Once the potatoes cooked through, remove the soup from the heat and use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Alternatively, you can use a standing blender to blend.
  9. Pour the hot soup into your desired bowls. Serve with the reserved asparagus tips as a garnish, along with any other desired garnish. Enjoy!

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Reni - June 13, 2022, 10:30 p.m.

Since I live in Germany, people here tend to go a liiitle crazy over asparagus at this time of the year. I randomly got gifted 1 kg of white asparagus, had no idea what to do with it and since I have been finding so much inspiration both on your website and on your youtube channel, I was so happy to see you have a recipe with asparagus. It really saved the day :) I loved it! And I loved that I finally got to use my fried onions that I got as a gift from Denmark :) Thank you, Sadia, you're an inspiration !

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 2:37 a.m.

Oh wow, Reni, what a large gift to receive! In case you're interested, we've had a positive review with adding asparagus to our quick pesto couscous salad here as well: pickuplimes.com/recipe/quick-…. So glad the soup was enjoyed and thank you, Reni, for helping make our PUL community so incredible 😃


Nina - April 12, 2022, 6:01 p.m.

It is rather difficult to find a soup that pleases both, my husband and me, but this was definitly a winner.
My husband likes his food sinple: few ingredients and without garnish.
I'm quite the opposite so I added the suggested hazelnuts and had a green side salad with it. As someone who is always wanting additional proteins, I would maybe have this soup wirh your potato lentil salad.

I also wanted to mention, that I was surprised by the creamyness of the soup as it doesn't contain nuts, beans or coconutmilk, but there is just no need for it.
After all: if you care at all for asparagus try this soup.

PUL Team - April 13, 2022, 2:44 a.m.

Such a massive compliment, Nina, thank you so much! We're so thrilled it was enjoyed 😊