Spring Detox: Asparagus Soup

 

 

Spring is a great time to cleans the body after all the wintery treats and heavy dishes. Now that veggies are starting to grow again like asparagus, you can use them in a soup to help jump start your healthy eating while it is still brisk outside.

Ingredients

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 large yellow onions chopped

1 bunch of asparagus (mid stems to tips)

1 teaspoon salt

1 bunch green chard

14 cups gently packed spinach (about 12 oz) trim any tough stems

4 cups of vegetable broth

Big pinch of cayenne pepper

1 Tbls. lemon juice

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add onions and salt, stir frequently until the onions are soft and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add 2 tablespoons of water, cover with a lid for 25- 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

2. While the onions are cooking bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the asparagus for one minute. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water.

3. Coarsely chop chard and spinach

4. Add spinach, chard and asparagus to the soup pot with 1 cup of the vegetable broth. Simmer until the spinach is bright green.

5. Transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. I usually wait until the ingredients are cooled down just a bit.

6. Blend until smooth, put blended ingredients back into the soup pot and add the last 3 cups of the vegetable broth.

7. Stir in lemon juice and cayenne. Re-warm the soup and serve!

 

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