creamy asparagus potato soup

Creamy Asparagus-Potato Soup

In this fast asparagus soup recipe, potato adds creaminess without adding cream. Double or triple this soup and freeze the leftovers for a quick lunch.


    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 1/2 tablespoons, divided

    • 1 medium shallot, chopped

    • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth

    • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

    • 1 cup diced peeled potato

    • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, or to taste

    • ¼ teaspoon salt

    • 1 cup whole-wheat country bread cubes (1/4 inch)

    • Sliced scallion greens for garnish


    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth, asparagus, potato, horseradish and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

    2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add bread cubes and cook, stirring, until browned and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.

    3. Serve the soup topped with the croutons and scallions, if desired.