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Cream of Leek and Asparagus Soup – Recipe

Cream of Leek and Asparagus Soup – Recipe

It is such a sign of spring to see all the bundles of tender asparagus in the market now! This soup is a great way to celebrate asparagus, and the addition of leeks in the recipe gives us a boost of extra iron as well as delicious flavor. This sumptuous soup tastes even better if made a day ahead, and it can serve as a creamy and satisfying main meal alongside a tender salad and some crusty wholegrain bread.


1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 pounds asparagus
6 large leeks, white and palest green parts only, chopped and well rinsed
2 medium potatoes, peeled and finely diced
Vegetable stock, or water with 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
teaspoon each: dried tarragon and dried basil
cup chopped fresh parsley
1 to 1 cups low-fat milk or soymilk, as needed
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onion and celery and saute over moderate heat until the onion is golden.

2. Trim about an inch from the bottoms of the asparagus stalks. Scrape the skin from the bottom half of the stalks and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Set aside the tips and add the remaining pieces to the soup pot along with the leeks, potatoes, dried herbs, and just enough stock or water to barely cover (if using water, add the bouillon cubes as well). Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Puree the soup in batches and return to the soup pot. Return to low heat. Stir in the parsley and enough milk to achieve a slightly thick consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. If time allows, let the soup stand for several hours off the heat or, if making ahead, let cool and refrigerate until needed.

4. Just before serving, steam the reserved asparagus tips until bright green and crisp-tender. Stir into the soup and serve.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown and Company, 1996). Copright (c) 1996 by Nava Atlas. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations by Nava Atlas (Little, Brown and Company, 1996).

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5:59AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:14AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Sound delicious.

5:41PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

substitute the canaola oil..i would use extra virgin coconut oil (it has no taste or smell of coconuts)..also mc cormick offers a boullion that is msg free and i believe it's vegan, it's in the same aisle as the regular bouillon

10:27PM PDT on Oct 27, 2010


10:11PM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Annie i've been looking for a great recipe like this. I just want to say that i checked the vegetable bouillon cubes and the sodium is very high. What else would you suggest as a substitute? Thanks again.

8:40AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Thank you!!!

1:26AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Wonderful idea for my kids who love soup

12:51AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010


6:54AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Oh yum, another great recipe just in time for the cold weather!

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