Oh yes, it is springtime and with the changing of the seasons often comes a wee bit of stuffiness, coughing and sneezing. Whether it is the common cold given to you by your loved ones over Passover/Easter weekend, or just allergies — soup can be an amazingly soothing remedy.
This asparagus soup is delicious! I wish I had made more of it. So good. And so simple. It will also help kick your cold's butt. Asparagus is packed with Vitamin C and other nutrients, antioxidants, and a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens. On top of all of that, this soup has a dash of turmeric — one of the strongest anti-inflammatories out there — as well as lemon zest, which is full of vitamin C and can aid in digestion.
For more info on the incredible health benefits of asparagus (anti-aging !?) check out this great article from eatingwell.com.
Now for the soup!
Immune Boosting Asparagus Soup
- 1 quart of chicken or turkey broth
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- zest of 1 quarter lemon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coarse black pepper
1. Pour broth into a medium sized sauce pan. Trim woody ends of asparagus and add to broth. Heat to a simmer on medium and then turn to Low. Cover.
2. Meanwhile, chop bunched asparagus into pieces about 1 inch long. Take 1/2 cup broth from pot and add to separate pot to steam chopped asparagus. Add steamer to second pot, then asparagus and cover. Steam on high for about 5 minutes, or until just cooked and brilliantly green.
3. While asparagus is steaming, mince your garlic and zest your lemon. Remove woody stems of asparagus from broth using tongs and discard. Add garlic, lemon zest, turmeric, pepper and steamed asparagus to simmering broth and remove from heat.
4. Using an immersion or stand-up blender, blend the broth and all contents thoroughly! Blend longer than you think, until the broth is bright green and silky smooth. Add salt to taste if necessary. Broth will foam slightly, you can remove foam with spoon, or let it sit and it will subside.