With New Year’s Day less than a week away, I’ve found myself not wanting to wait until the traditional January 1st to promise myself that I’ll turn over a new leaf here and there in my life — or perhaps nine. Do I hear 25? After all the cookies and cooking, left-over food, and dishes to be washed, I’m ready for uncomplicated recipes, less sugar, and more vegetables. While I’m on the subject, a personal chef would be great, too, but since that isn’t going to happen any time soon, I’ll settle for a soup that’s healthy and easy to prepare. It’s elegant enough for a formal dinner, but is fabulous heated up for lunch when you want something flavorful and light.
This recipe for asparagus soup is different from a delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup I made recently in that it doesn’t contain milk products to achieve its creaminess. Instead, a potato is cooked and blended with the other ingredients to thicken the soup. Should you want a richer soup, a liberal drizzling of a good quality fruity extra virgin olive oil is enjoyable, but not necessary.
If you are one who appreciates a bit of cheese in soup, crumbled feta, goat’s cheese, or a curl of Parmesan are especially nice swirled into a hot bowl of this.