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Asparagus Leek Soup

Celebrate National Soup Month -- and keep your new year's diet resolutions -- with this low-calorie, flavorful asparagus leek soup.

Did you know January is National Soup Month? To celebrate, we asked Maria Zoitos to share a healthy, delicious soup recipe for readers looking to keep their new year's diet resolutions. The maker of Maria’s Homemade, a line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, gave us this easy, low-calorie green soup to dive a spoon into.
Did you know January is National Soup Month? To celebrate, we asked Maria Zoitos to share a healthy, delicious soup recipe for readers looking to keep their new year's diet resolutions. The maker of Maria’s Homemade, a line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, gave us this easy, low-calorie green soup to dive a spoon into.

Asparagus Leek Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed (reserve trimmings) and cut into 2-1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 leek, well rinsed to remove sand, sliced with greens and whites separate

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons long-grain white rice

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Directions:

  1. In a pot, bring 6 cups water, asparagus trimmings and leek greens to a simmer while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

  2. In a skillet pan, heat the oil and vegan butter. Add the leek whites, onion and rice and cook until the onion begins to color.

  3. Using a ladle, add 1 cup of warm asparagus-leek stock to vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.

  4. Strain the asparagus-leek stock and return to pot. Add vegetables and uncooked asparagus to stock. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 to 12 minutes.

  5. When soup has cooled, transfer to food processor and puree. Strain back into the stockpot.

  6. Season and add salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

  7. Drop the asparagus tips into boiling salted water and cook until tender. Garnish soup with asparagus tips.


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