“Cream” of Asparagus Soup

Puréeing an aromatic rice (such as basmati or jasmine) adds delicate flavor and creates a creamy, non-dairy soup base when blended with broth and veggies (in this case, asparagus) until smooth.

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This recipe also works well with 2 lb. broccoli—just reserve 1 cup florets to stir in at the end, the same way you add the asparagus tips.



  • 2 lb. asparagus
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2/3 cup uncooked basmati or jasmine rice
  • 2 low-sodium vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 sprigs thyme


1. Trim ends from asparagus, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, reserving tips. Set asparagus aside.

2. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in asparagus pieces, rice, bouillon cubes, thyme and 8 cups water. Reduce heat, cover and cook 30 to 35 minutes, or until rice is very tender. Remove thyme sprigs.

3. Transfer soup to blender or food processor in 2 batches (or use an immersion blender), and purée until smooth. Return soup to pot, and add asparagus tips. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes over low heat, or until asparagus tips are bright green and crisp-tender. Ladle soup into bowls, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 117
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 4 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 25 mg
  • Sugar Content 3 g