Σούπα βελουτέ με σπαράγγια και αρακά - Fresh asparagus and pea soup - Veganinathens.com

Soup with fresh asparagus and peas

During the spring, I usually find fresh, sweet peas and tender asparagus in the organic farmer’s market that takes place once a week in my neighborhood.

Today, with the weather being anything but summery I decided to combine both of these fresh ingredients in order to create a nourishing soup. Although many consider soup to be a winter’s night dish, I believe that when it’s made with spring vegetables rich in flavors and fragrance, it acquires a completely different character that doesn’t remind much of the winter.

This soup does’ t require a lot of cooking time as soon as the vegetables should not be overcooked, so as to preserve their flavor.

This recipe is suitable for a starter, but it can be eaten also as a main dish for a light and nourishing dinner.

Σούπα βελουτέ με σπαράγγια και αρακά - Fresh asparagus and pea soup - Vegan in Athens

Ingredients
(4 persons)

  • 2 cups hot vegetable broth (if not available use filtered water)
  • 2 cups fresh peas peeled (or the same amount of frozen peas)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh asparagus, peeled and cut into 2 cm pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-2 spring onions, chopped
  • 4-5 sprigs of dill, chopped
  • 4-5 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp dry ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

to serve

  • ½ – 1 cup fresh asparagus (the tender, green parts)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • splash of coconut milk (optional)

Method

  1. In a saucepan add the olive oil and sauté the onions for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add the peas continuing the sautéing for 2 more minutes and then slowly add the vegetable broth.
  3. When the soup comes to boil, lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the asparagus, dill, parsley and spices and cook 5 minutes more.
  5. Turn off the heat and transfer the soup into the blender.
  6. Add the lemon juice and blend at medium speed for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

To serve

In a nonstick frying pan, add the olive oil and fry the asparagus over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Serve the soup hot and garnish with a splash of coconut milk and the 2-3 sautéed asparagus.

Σούπα βελουτέ με σπαράγγια και αρακά - Fresh asparagus and pea soup - Vegan in Athens

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