Mar 17, 2014

Creamy Asparagus Leek Soup with Creme Fraiche


A delicious, creamy asparagus soup.

Keeping things green today in the spirit of St Patrick's Day! Cream of asparagus is one of my favorite Spring soups. The addition of leeks, a relative of onions, scallions and shallots gives this soup a wonderful subtle flavor. But the star here is a touch of creme fraiche added on top, which I like to swirl in to my soup for a creamy delicious finish.


My daughter Madison loves helping me in the kitchen, here I let her snap off the tough ends of the asparagus – she's a pro!

Creme fraiche is wonderfully creamy, and a bit thinner than sour cream. If that's not available near you can swap it for sour cream or even Greek yogurt. If you want to go dairy-free, you can of course leave it out, it will still taste wonderful. Enjoy!


Creamy Asparagus Leek Soup with Creme Fraiche
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Size: about 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 4 pt
Calories: 141 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 20 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 4  g
Sodium: 476 mg (without salt)  • Cholest: 14 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs asparagus (2 bunches) tough ends snapped off
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 leeks, white and pale green only, halved lengthwise, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 oz container + 1 cup Swanson reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Creme Fraiche
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • optional chives for garnish

Directions:

In a large heavy pot, melt better over medium-low heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant.


Chop the asparagus into 2-inch pieces. Add to the pot with the leeks. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender. Remove from heat and puree until smooth with a blender. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.

To serve, divide in 5 bowls and spoon in 1 teaspoon Creme Fraiche and chives for garnish.

Makes 7 1/3 cups

41 comments :

  1. Ooh, this looks like something I'll definitely make when asparagus starts popping up in my corner of the world!

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  2. Looks delicious! The beginning of the post mentions the addition of shallots and scallions, although I don't see them in the recipe. Would you mind adding in the quantities for those? Thanks very much!

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    1. She just mentions the addition of leeks which are relatives of onions, shallots and scallions

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    2. Oh. I affixed the "shallots and scallions" to the wrong part of the sentence I guess! Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful soup that must be made soon. I love your addition of Creme Fraiche. Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. what is creme fresh?
    Thanks

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    1. It's actually Creme fraiche. It's a type of cream, sort of like sour cream. She does mention you can sub sour cream or greek yogurt if you don't have it.

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    2. Correct, it's creamier than sour cream and easily spoonable, but if it's not available use sour cream.

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  5. also what do you do with the 2 tbsp of "cream fresh"??? Im really confused please help

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    1. You blend the soup and then swirl it in afterwards

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    2. Sorry, you swirl in 1 teaspoon per serving at the end.

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  6. This looks amazing. Asparagus soup is always a special treat for me when out. Never thought to make it at home. Adding this to the list for the weekend.

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  7. Oh my, I love this! Soup is a favorite meal of mine, and this looks so light but comforting! I need to try creme fraiche, it sounds dreamy!

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  8. just wondering if plain greek yogurt could be a good substitute for the creme fraiche? i'm trying to incorporate as much greek yogurt into my day as possible. thanks!

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    1. She does mention in the post that you can substitute sour cream or greek yogurt

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  9. If people want to make their own it's the easiest thing ever to make creme fraiche! I get cultures from http://www.culturesforhealth.com/starter-cultures/other-starter-cultures.html (no i don't work for them haha) and it's so easy! and delish! in fact i was thrilled to see this recipe because i usually have more creme fraiche than i know what to do with- so i use it to make ranch dip. Thanks!

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  10. YUM! This looks divine!! Love that you daughter loves to get involved in the kitchen! Hoping Peyton grows to love cooking with me as she gets older! :)

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  11. This soup looks delicious!! I am so excited for spring to arrive with all its tasty veggies.

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  12. This looks so good! I have to try it, too!
    I love your blog!
    Cheers from Vienna!

    www.stylesandbox.com

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  13. Gina, You usually recommend an immersion hand held blender when preparing these kinds of soups. Does that not work well with this recipe?

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    1. I'm wondering that too.

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    2. Okay, I made this the other day and it was delicious! No crème fraiche in my grocery store (that I could find) and though I bought sour cream, we didn't use any. We used the immersion blender to blend it all up and it works perfectly. I did good the asparagus for a little longer than suggested (maybe 5 minutes) because I really wanted the immersion blender to work without leaving stringy pieces behind. It was great though!

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  14. Just made it tonight and it is divine! Next time I'll go a little easier on the garlic, I put too much because I like garlic. But wow!! Thank you for this recipe, it is definitely a keeper.
    Cheers from North Carolina

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  15. I didn't know what "creme fraiche" was until tonight! Thanks for the education, this creme is delightful.

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  16. This is very yummy and delicious. Thank you.

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  18. This looks wonderful....asparagus is one of my favorite veggies. :)

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  19. What is the point without the creme fraiche

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  20. I added the juice of one lemon to this recipe and it really made the soup bright and delicious. I would suggest it! Another great recipe, Gina!

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  21. Made this last night...I wasn't sure if I would really like this but had to try this because of its simplicity. The taste was amazing!!!! I can't believe that a few ingredients can turn up such a great soup. This will definitely be made again.

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  22. I made this yesterday. Super simple and super yummy! Great way to get veggies into my husband! :)

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  23. This soup was so good! Got my asparagus on sale for 99 cents a lb which made iteven better. Thanks so much for all the tasty recipes. I do the fast diet and i can always count on your site for wonderful low calorie dinners!!! Your soups are always amazing.

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  24. it says 4 leeks....ive never used leeks before,but the ones i have purchased seem big...should i use all four stalks?

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  25. This soup is delicious. I used one large leek and it was perfect.

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  26. made it tonight, was great! even my 2 yr old ate it

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  27. This soup was delicious, I made it last night!!!

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  28. Just made it, delicious!

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