No chives? Use the tops of green onions!

It seems like we are on a soup kick lately – but there’s nothing like soup to warm up a chilly spring evening and get us ready for sunny weather. This soup is made with asparagus – a real harbinger of spring. Just because its thick and creamy doesn’t mean its made with cream! We use dried split peas to add body and texture to this soup, which is pureed with an immersion blender.

The bright green flavor in this soup is highlighted by the acidity of freshly chopped tomatoes and the tang of chives. They add just the right slightly onion-ey taste to bring out all the complexities in this celebration of spring soup. Chives are super easy to grow in a pot on your windowsill and can add color and pop to almost any dish. They have several antioxidants in them; one in particular that reduces inflammation is quercetin. Chives also contain carotenes, zeaxanthin and lutein, which help protect against lung and oral cancers. In addition, traditional folk remedies use chives to ease an upset stomach and flatulence and stimulate digestion. What a wonderful soup to bring us into the spring here in Georgia…enjoy!

“Cream” of Asparagus Soup

2 Cups Chopped Asparagus

½ Cup Chopped Onion

½ Cup Chopped Fennel


2 Cups Dried Split Peas

6 Cups Veg Broth

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Tsp Sea Salt

½ Tsp Black Pepper

½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

2 TB Fresh Lemon Juice

Fresh Chopped Tomatoes and Chives for Garnish

Sauté the asparagus, onion and fennel together in a large stock pot with the EVOO. Add in the peas, broth, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a bowl and then turn the heat down. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using the immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and serve garnished with the tomatoes and chives.

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