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!

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Creamy Asparagus Leek Soup with Creme Fraiche

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:

  1. In a large heavy pot, melt better over medium-low heat.
  2. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  4. Chop the asparagus into 2-inch pieces.
  5. Add to the pot with the leeks.
  6. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  7. Cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender.
  8. Remove from heat and puree until smooth with a blender.
  9. Adjust salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. To serve, divide in 5 bowls and spoon in 1 teaspoon Creme Fraiche and chives for garnish. 

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 servings (7 1/3 cups), Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 2
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 141 calories
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg
  • Sodium: 476mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 7g
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