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Asparagus and White bean soup in a bowl
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Asparagus, Leek & Butterbean Soup

A delicious soup that's full of spring flavours, for when spring hasn't got the hang of being warm yet.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: asparagus, bean soup, butterbean, leek, soup, vegan white bean gratin
Servings: 4
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer

Equipment

  • 1 large saucepan

Ingredients

For the stock (optional)

  • handful leek tops
  • all the the woody asparagus ends
  • a few parsley stalks
  • 1 10x 5 cm piece konbu
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns
  • water to cover
  • carrot, onion, parsnip & other veggie trimmings if you have them

For the Soup

  • 200 g Asparagus 1 bunch/15 stalks
  • 200 g Leek finely chopped (1 medium)
  • 250 g butterbeans cooked 1 standard tin/ 1 cup cooked
  • 4 sprigs thyme 1 tsp
  • 120 ml white wine (½ cup)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 500 ml vegetable stock make your own, or use good quality boullion powder.

Instructions

To make the stock

  • Add all the stock ingredients into a large pot. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for half an hour-1 hour (depending on how much time you have!)
  • Drain. *Warning- be sure to drain into another large pot. Not down the sink.

To make the soup

  • Finely chop the asparagus stalks reserving the asparagus spear tops. Chop the leek finely too. 
  • In a large saucepan gently sautee the leek in the oil.
  • Add the asparagus stalks, the wine, the butterbeans, the thyme and the stock you made earlier.
  • Simmer for around 10 mins until all the veggies are soft. 
  • Squish the butterbeans around the pot with a potato masher and taste. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Add the asparagus spear tops in, and simmer for another 3 minutes so they are just cooked but still green.
  • Serve with crusty bread or on it's own, making sure each person has a fair share of the asparagus tops. 

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1531IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4mg