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April 19, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Vegetarian asparagus soup recipes (hot and cold)

Chilled asparagus soup with spinach and avocado, from Simple Nourished Living (via Soup Chick).

I know I'm rushing the season a bit, but I just can't help it. I adore asparagus, and as soon as it starts to show up in the grocery store -- from who-knows-where -- I lose my resolve to wait until May, when I can buy local spears at the farmers' market. If you're impatient like I am, or if you're lucky enough to live in a place where you can get local asparagus now, this Simmer is for you. Most of the time, I reach for chicken stock when I'm making asparagus soup, but today I'm sharing links to recipes like this chilled asparagus soup with spinach and avocado, from Simple Nourished Living, that do not use chicken stock as a base. Asparagus soups are delicious hot or cold, which means these recipes will carry you through from now until late summer.

Although so many asparagus soup recipes call for chicken broth, these don't:

Chilled asparagus soup with spinach and avocado, from Simple Nourished Living

Roasted asparagus soup, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

White bean cream of asparagus soup, from Lisa's Kitchen

Chilled asparagus orange soup, from A Veggie Venture

Creamy asparagus ends soup, from Eating Richly

Asparagus soup with creme fraiche, from Taste Buddies

Cream of asparagus soup, from Cooksister

Roasted asparagus and white bean soup, from Dishing Up the Dirt

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]

Comments

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Posted by: KalynsKitchen | April 19, 2014 at 08:13 AM

Can you believe I have never once made asparagus soup! Must do it soon.

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Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | April 19, 2014 at 09:07 AM

Kalyn, I love to make asparagus soup and freeze it. Then, in the middle of winter, when there's no asparagus in sight, you can pull out a container of homemade soup, and it will feel just like Spring.

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Posted by: susan g | April 19, 2014 at 04:10 PM

I'll try the white bean soup. I like soup to be a meal.

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