In this recipe, bright green asparagus and sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, create a light, but flavorful soup. Shallots lend their mellow flavor and a Yukon gold potato makes it irresistibly creamy. Enjoy this sunny yellow soup during the transition into longer, warmer days. Garnish with microgreens, a drizzle of olive oil, and a few turns of freshly cracked black better.
Creamy Asparagus and Sunchoke Soup [Vegan]
- 1 pound fresh asparagus
- 1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 pound sunchokes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 2 large shallots, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- Microgreens, for garnish (optional)
- Slice off the tips of the asparagus and reserve. Each should be about 1-1 1/2 inches long. Trim the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut the remaining spears into 1-inch pieces and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the shallots, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until the shallots soften and become translucent—do not brown the shallots.
- Add the asparagus, potato, and sunchokes to the shallots. Add vegetable broth, cover, and bring just to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring a cup of water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath by adding 1 cup of ice and 1 cup water into a bowl and set aside.
- Add the asparagus tips to the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes, until just tender. Use a slotted spoon or spider to transfer the asparagus tips from the boiling water to the ice bath to shock them and stop the cooking. Set aside until ready to serve.
- When the potatoes, asparagus, and sunchokes are tender, transfer the vegetables and broth to a blender, and purée until smooth. Season with the kosher salt and pepper.
- To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and swirl a teaspoon of olive oil over each bowl. Divide the asparagus tips among the bowls and float them in the soup. Top with a pinch of microgreens, if desired.