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Food 52’s Healthiest: Cold Asparagus Yogurt Soup

Cold Asparagus Yogurt Soup
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Every Tuesday, we scan Food52′s delectable menu of recipes for the healthiest picks they’ve got—bringing you seasonal, scrumptious fare that’s really good for you.

Food52At the farmer’s market, asparagus is synonymous with spring! And the delicious veggie is high in protein, fiber, and calcium. This recipe combines it with yogurt for protein—and a healthy gut.

Cold Asparagus Yogurt Soup
Serves 4

1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into pieces
3/4 cups chopped onion (I prefer spring onions if they’re available, and you’ll need about 3; 1 regular yellow works too)
2 leeks, rinsed thoroughly and chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cups water
1/2 cup yogurt, plus more for serving
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add asparagus, onion, leeks, and a pinch or two of salt, and cook for about 5 minutes, until vegetables start to soften.

2. Add water, another pinch of salt, and a grind or two of pepper, and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until vegetables are very soft. Taste the liquid, and add more seasoning if necessary.

3. Transfer the soup and the yogurt into a blender and blend until completely smooth.You’ll probably have to do this in two batches, so either divide the yogurt in half to blend some with each batch, or mix the two batches of pureed soup very thoroughly. Taste again, and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

4. Refrigerate thoroughly before serving. Or, if you prefer to serve the soup warm, reheat very gently in the soup pot for about 5 minutes.

5. Top with either a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil, or the fried ramps mentioned in the headnote.

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