Now that it’s just us, I think you’re going to like this one. We all have a natural, inbred craving for things that taste rich, so when you can achieve that luxurious, velvety feeling without the guilt, it’s a win-win. That’s what this soup is. Bright green asparagus, rubbly sun chokes, mellow shallots and one potato (to create that silky mouth feel).
And unlike other soups that simmer away on the stovetop for an hour or more, this one only takes 20 minutes. Just enough time to cook the vegetables before being pureed into oblivion.
This simple soup is a great starter for dinner or makes a light meal on it’s own with a crust of whole grain bread and a glug or two of white.
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 1 large white potato (I used Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into 1/2" dice ~ 1 1/2 cups diced potato
- 1/2 pound sunchokes, peeled and cut into 1/2" dice
- 2 large shallots, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- microgreens for garnish (optional)
- Slice off the pretty tips of the asparagus about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long and reserve. Trim the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut the remaining spears into 1" pieces and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the shallots and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until the shallots soften and become translucent - do not brown the shallots.
- Add the asparagus, potato and sun chokes to the shallots. Add vegetable broth, cover and bring just to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring a cup of water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath by adding 1 cup of ice and 1 cup water into a bowl and set aside.
- Add the asparagus tips to the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes until just tender. Use a slotted spoon or spider to transfer the asparagus tips from the boiling water to the ice bath to shock them and stop the cooking. Set aside until ready to serve.
- When the potatoes, asparagus and sun chokes are tender, transfer the vegetables and broth to a blender and puree until smooth. Season with the kosher salt and pepper.
- To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and swirl a teaspoon of olive oil over each bowl. Divide the asparagus tips among the bowls and float them in the soup. Top with a pinch of microgreens if desired.