Just when you think you are tired of soup, comes this fresh and easy seasonal recipe that uses what is plentiful at the market these days. If you need another excuse to pick up an extra bunch of asparagus, well here it is. Just a few simple ingredients make this a quick dinner option – especially when the days are longer, warmer, and the last place you want to be is cooking in the kitchen. The asparagus really shines in this light and earthy soup that tastes of spring. Serve alongside fresh, crusty bread, or a grilled cheese sandwich.
- 1 tblsp olive oil
- 2 tblsp butter
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and chopped
- 4 cups homemade chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- salt, pepper
Heat butter and olive oil in a large stock pot. Add the shallot and a generous pinch of salt, and cook until softened and translucent. Add the chopped asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, and continue cooking until asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add the spinach and parsley and blend with an immersion blender. Return the soup to the stove and heat through, season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.