Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

A great beginning to any meal. Great for lunch or dinner. This is very good and easy to make. This recipe is easily halved. The first time I made this, I used what I had on hand and made a couple substitutions. I used scallions for the leeks, used a red potato, decided not to garnish with the tips and tossed them in, no sour cream or chives. I pureed with a hand blender. It still was outstanding! Enjoy! From the Chicago Tribune "good eating" section, 5.6.09.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean asparagus and cut into 2" pieces. Reserve tips for garnish.
  2. Prepare potatoes, peel and cut into 2" pieces.
  3. Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Add leeks or onions, stirring occasionally until soft. About 5 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and asparagus, cook until well coated and begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, salt and pepper; heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low; partially cover. Cook until vegetables are tender, 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, if desired, boil water over high heat (for asparagus tips). Add the tips to the boiling water; boil until tender and still green. About 3 minutes. Drain and set aside for garnish. Toss into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking if desired.
  7. Puree in small batches in a blender or sue a hand blender.
  8. Stir in lemon juice to taste.
  9. Ladle into bowl, top with a dollop of sour cream, tips, chives or croutons.
Most Helpful

Flavorful! Nice and easy, with simple ingredients. I skipped reserving the tips of the asparagus and put them right in there. I too used the immersion blender. Only used 1 tablespoon of butter, omitted the oil. Also kept my soup thick with about 3 cups of broth, I added about 3/4 cup of evaporated milk at the end and skipped the sour cream. Thank you. I will be making this again.

Nado2003 March 20, 2012

This was very good! I added the tips in with the soup, subbed 7 scallions for the leeks, and used my immersion blender to blend it all. I added just 3 cups of low fat/sodium chicken broth, as I like my soups on the thicker side. The asparagus taste wasn't very strong after cooking, it reminded me a bit of split pea soup. Thanks for the recipe!

Carolyn W May 17, 2009