asparagus potato soup with a lemony drizzle
May 16, 2013 § 20 Comments
Last week I was profoundly inspired while reading a beautiful post in My French Heaven. Stephane’s Simple Crème d’asperge was magnificent! I loved her minimal ingredients and simplistic method of cooking asparagus soup. I happened to have asparagus in my refrigerator and decided right then and there we were going to have her soup. Her recipe was indeed wonderful. We loved every silky spoonful!
Next trip to the market I was awe struck at the sight of a mountain of asparagus! I had to buy some more. I picked out a nice bunch and then noticed the price per pound. I do not think I have ever seen asparagus so modestly priced. Do you think I bought too many? Obviously we are having a very productive asparagus growing season here in Washington state. Our temperatures have been warming up for several weeks topping out at 80° for a couple of days. This week the rain is falling and it has cooled off to a comfortable 65°…perfect!
This soup recipe is very different from Stephane’s. Her soup was so smooth and much lighter. And the nutmeg added such a nice subtle flavor. Using a blender rather than straining gave this soup a heartier consistency. I added a drizzle of lemon dressing to give it some zing.
- 2 large bunches of asparagus, remove tough lower stem, cut into pieces
- 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 quart of vegetable broth
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped fine
In a heavy soup pot heat butter over medium high heat and cook the onion until soft. Add the potatoes, asparagus, salt, pepper and stir to coat well. Pour the vegetable broth in and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and slow boil until potatoes are tender. Blend the soup to desired consistency.
L e m o n y D r i z z l e D r e s s i n g
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- a pinch of salt
Mix all three ingredients in a small bowl and stir with a fork. Drizzle on top of individual servings.
Serves 4, with leftovers.
Delicious soup and the asparagus looks so fresh. Love the lemon drizzle.
Thank you Suzanne! :)
Oh yum. I just love asparagus at this time of year!! I’m definitely gonna have to book mark this one and try it!
I love it too. I can not seem to get enough of it. Hope you do try it. :)
What a delightful treat. Lemon drizzle is brilliant! :D
Thank you Fae. I usually make that dressing and toss it on steamed asparagus. I thought of trying it this way and was pleasantly surprised.
I’m glad I am not the only one who can overdo the purchasing when the prices are down. Lovely looking soup and great photographs.
Hey thanks Conor. :)
I did the same thing last weekend at the farmer’s market. I saw the mounds of asparagus at the vendor stalls and just couldn’t walk away with only one bunch. It’s been a tasty week since, though. Wish I had seen this recipe. Asparagus soup is wonderful and I love when lemon is present in any soup. This soup must be delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, though you just may have given me reason to over buy asparagus again on Saturday. :)
We share the same love for the asparagus! I think I might have a mild obsession because I found myself purchasing even more today! :)
This is a great soup with two of my most favourite ingredients. :)
Thank you. :)
This soup looks utterly delicious! We all love asparagus in our home and I’ve never made asparagus soup. There’s a first time for everything and this is the recipe I’m using for my first asparagus soup!
You and your family will love asparagus soup! We are an asparagus eating bunch too! :)
You know, I have never made asparagus soup even though I eat it very often, so I think its high time I made some asparagus soup. I’m going to try doing this in the next two weeks. Will let you know how everything turned out. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend.
Hi Liz. This soup was very good. I decided to make the lemon dressing because the soup is not really seasoned, except with the butter and salt. I make this type of lemon dressing and toss it with steamed asparagus so I decided to try a little drizzle on top of our soup. We enjoyed it very much. Please let me know your opinion if you do make it. :) Great weekend to you too!
I made this soup today and is was very nice. Many thanks!
I am so happy to hear this Rosa. Did you drizzle the lemon sauce on top? Thank you for letting me know.
Yes, I did, but I used it in a rather small amount, so it wouldn’t be to dominant. I love the taste of asparagus itself and the combination with potato was wonderful. I didn’t know what a ‘sweet onion’ was so I used a -small- normal one. :)
Your soup sounds delicious…I’m sure the lemony dressing really punched up the flavor.