I wanted to make a Cream of Asparagus Soup, and I had planned on using coconut milk to make it dairy free. But at the last minute, very spur of the moment, I had a change of heart and decided to use sour cream instead! I can’t remember what prompted me to do that….but I’m glad I did because it was very tasty 🙂
So what gives with asparagus? Is it one of those superfood-type vegetables? I’d never really stopped to consider what asparagus offers beyond great flavor, but I was surprised to learn that asparagus has a lot of nutrition to offer. It is extremely rich in vitamin K, and is a good source of B vitamins, vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and a host of others. It is also rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients and antioxidants, and offers digestive support in the form of inulin (a prebiotic). Read more about the health benefits of asparagus here.
(Sour) Cream of Asparagus Soup
2 tablespoons oil (butter/ghee/coconut oil)
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 large bunch asparagus, tough ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces*
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon (approx.) sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
1/2 cup sour cream**
Chive flowers (optional garnish)
1. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and garlic. Saute for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Add potato, carrot, asparagus, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple minutes.
3. Add chicken stock and bring to simmer. Simmer, partially covered, for about 20-25 minutes, until all vegetables are cooked.
4. Puree with immersion blender.
5. Stir in the sour cream and serve. Garnish with pretty chive flowers!
*My large bunch of asparagus weighed just over a pound, but by the time I trimmed off the tough ends, it was about ¾ pound.
**To make this dairy free you could substitute 1 cup of coconut milk for the sour cream, plus lemon juice (to taste) to give it a slight tartness.
Linking to: Sunday Night Soup Night!, Souper Sunday @ Kahakai Kitchen, Sunday School, Monday Mania, Homestead Barnhop, Make Your Own Mondays, Real Food 101, Inspire Me Monday, Meatless Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays, Hearth and Soul Hop, Real Food Wednesdays, Healthy 2day Wednesdays, Whole Food Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursdays, Seasonal Recipe Roundup – Asparagus