This rich, creamy asparagus soup is one of those go-to comfort meals. It will easily satisfy your want for flavor, and the best part…it’s super healthy. So you get all of the glut with none of the guilt!

It’s naturally gluten free, vegetarian, and keto — and with one simple swap it can be vegan and paleo too!

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The Story

I love asparagus! And it just so happens, that May is National Asparagus Month! And since it’s also Celiac Awareness Month, I knew I had to share this recipe.

I’m a sucker for cream soups, but I have celiac disease which can make it almost impossible for me to find safe soup in a restaurant or out of a package. Most cream soups start with a roux to ensure that rich, creamy texture.

Now, I could get that with a gluten-free flour, but I try to keep things as simple and healthy as possible.

So creating a thick creamy soup without the need for thickeners was top priority for me!

Luckily, I love to cook.

This soup gets it’s texture by using the parts of the asparagus stalk that you would normally toss out. Which also means it helps reduce food waste — which is a big win!

And the best part…it’s full of good-for-you nutrients and easily aligns with many dietary needs and preferences.

Ingredients:

2 pounds fresh asparagus

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

1 cup heavy cream

Pinch of fresh ground nutmeg (pre ground will work too!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Trim woody ends of asparagus and place in a large pot — reserve the rest for later! ***If there are very thick, hard parts at the bottom, remove and discard.
  2. Cover with broth and heat to boiling.
  3. When the broth reaches a full boil, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until stalks are tender. 20–40 minutes, depending on the toughness of the asparagus stalks.
  4. Remove any stalks that have remained too hard or woody (that won’t puree nicely).
  5. Chop onion and garlic and remaining asparagus. Add to the pot. These can be rough chopped as it will all be pureed later.
  6. Return to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg. ***You can leave the nutmeg out if you don’t like it or are unsure. The idea is not to taste it, just to add a depth of flavor to the soup.
  7. Cook until veggies are tender.
  8. Remove from heat and puree using an immersion blender, or allow to cool and transfer to a standing blender in batches and then return to the pan.
  9. Reheat until warmed through and add in cream. Allow to heat through, but do not boil.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste.

Modifications:

This dish is already gluten free, vegetarian, and keto-friendly (trust me, you won’t know it — it’s so rich and delicious!). But you can easily make it Vegan and Paleo as well by substituting the heavy cream with full-fat coconut cream.

If you’re not familiar with coconut cream, it’s the solid part of a can of coconut milk (before you mix it up). So, if you can’t find canned coconut cream, you can use the solid cream part of a can of coconut milk.

It does change the flavor a bit, but I’ve done it plenty of times and it is still very tasty!

Tips:

  • I save the woody ends of asparagus throughout the year and freeze them. Then, when I want to make this soup, I pull them out of the freezer and cook them down with the rest. This gives the soup a much deeper flavor. And it means less food waste!
  • Use chicken bone broth instead of vegetable broth for added nutrition and a dose of gut-healing collagen!

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