This yummy asparagus lemon soup is creamy smooth without heavy cream. It’s made with spring fresh asparagus, broth, lemon, and a hint of parmesan. I just love using seasonal fresh produce in cooking. I used chicken broth but you can use a good vegetable broth for a vegetarian option.
Garnish options are blanched asparagus tips, croutons, herbs, bacon bits (I use chicken bacon), and parmesan cheese.
Asparagus Lemon Soup
Use organic when available. Serves 4 to 6
You can freeze the soup before adding cheese for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Add cheese and reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.
Asparagus Lemon Soup
A creamy asparagus soup made with fresh vegetables, broth, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese without heavy cream.
Servings 5 servings
- 2 bunches of asparagus (a little over 2 lb.)
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil
- 2 chopped medium onions
- 2 clove garlics peeled & smashed
- 6 cups low sodium broth – chicken or vegetable
- fresh squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional garnish fresh herbs i.e. parsley, basil, thyme, dill
- Optional garnish grated Parmesan cheese
- Optional garnish croutons
- Optional garnish asparagus tips
- Optional garnish bacon bits
Place large pot over medium heat
Add butter or olive oil
Add onions and garlic
Cook for about 8 minutes until translucent; reduce heat if necessary
Cut tips off one bunch of asparagus for garnish (if desired) & set aside
Cut remaining spears of asparagus into ½-inch pieces
Add chopped asparagus and broth to pot
Add salt and pepper to taste
Bring to a boil
Cover and lower heat to low
Simmer about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender
While pot simmers, bring small pot of salted water to a boil
Add asparagus tips and cook for a few minutes until tender crisp
Remove asparagus tips and plunge into iced water
When tips are cool, drain, dry, and set aside
Puree soup with immersion blender in pot until completely smooth or in batches in blender and then return to pot
Let soup return to simmer
Stir in lemon juice and Parmesan cheese
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed
Serve warm in bowls with desired garnish
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