Low Fat, Fresh as Spring, Creamy Deliciousness in a Bowl!
What more could you want in a soup? With less than 9% total fat this is Asparagus Leek Soup recipe is sure to become one of your springtime favorites!
March through June is the peak season for fresh asparagus, which makes spring the favorite time of year for many people!
Asparagus is a favorite vegetable for many and they say they could eat it by the truckloads at this time of year! Of course, it is great in this soup which is so scrumptious and so low in fat, you can literally have it whenever you need a quick meal or a vitamin-packed snack. You can also have asparagus cold on a salad; hot as a vegetable; or straight out of the fridge for a quick on-the-go snack.
The key to great asparagus is to make sure you don’t cook the heck out of it. It shouldn’t be all limp and stringy after you’ve cooked it. When cooked, it should still stand up straight, yet be tender.
When cooked correctly, you can’t help but love its delicate flavor, crisp-tender texture, and bright green color. And asparagus can be steamed in the microwave in less than 8 minutes, making it a perfect choice for dinner on busy spring evenings.
- 1 cup chopped leek
- 2 cups (1-inch) sliced fresh asparagus (about 1 pound)
- 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried whole tarragon
- 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated skimmed milk
- 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Ground nutmeg (optional)
- Place leek in a 2-quart casserole coated with cooking spray; microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes.
- Stir in asparagus and broth.
- Cover with casserole lid, and microwave at HIGH 10 to 11 minutes or until asparagus is tender.
- Place flour in a bowl. Gradually add ½ cup water, stirring with wire whist until blended; add to asparagus mixture.
- Position knife blade in food processor bowl (or Vita-mix blender); add asparagus mixture, and process until smooth. Always be careful when you’re processing hot food in a food processor or your Vita-mix.
- Return mixture to the dish; stir in tarragon and milk.
- Microwave, uncovered, at HIGH 6 to 7 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes.
Serve warm or chilled; top with yogurt. Garnish with nutmeg, if you like.
Yields 4 servings: CALORIES 147 (9% from fat) / PROTEIN 10.7g / FAT 1.4g (SAT 0.4g) / CARB 24g / FIBER 1.9g / IRON 2mg / CALCIUM 304mg
NOTE: To micro-steam, just place asparagus and a small amount of water in a microwave-safe dish, cover with plastic wrap or a glass lid, and cook. This technique saves nutrients that are often lost by cooking in boiling water. Conserving valuable nutrients is important because asparagus contains rich portions of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. All are recommended in anti-cancer and heart-healthy menus.