Recipe by Brynie Greisman

Asparagus-Pea Soup

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A combination of silky smooth and chunky, this versatile, well-seasoned soup can be made to suit your needs — milchig, pareve, or even fleishig. It will enhance any meal.


Main ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 grams) frozen asparagus

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (optional)

  • 1/4 cup half-and-half or cooking cream (I used 9% fat cooking cream)

  • 2–3 cloves garlic, chopped or 2-3 cubes Gefen Frozen Garlic

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped, or leek equivalent

  • large handful fresh parsley

  • 1 pound (450 grams) frozen peas

  • 1 teaspoon Haddar Kosher Salt

  • 1–2 tablespoons pareve chicken soup mix, dissolved in some of the water

  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 5 cups water

  • 2 teaspoons Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc or other dry white wine, or to taste


Prepare the Soup


Heat oil and butter in a four to five-quart pot. Add onion and celery and sauté over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sauté an additional minute.


Add asparagus and peas and continue cooking for five more minutes. Add water, chicken soup mix, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.


Using a slotted spoon, remove about 2/3 cup asparagus and 1/4 cup peas from the pot and set them aside for the garnish. Puree soup with an immersion blender. Stir in cooking cream, wine, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Heat for one to two minutes just until all flavors are absorbed. Taste and adjust seasoning, if desired.


Add the reserved asparagus and peas and stir for one minute, or just add them as garnish when serving the soup.


For a pareve version, use all oil and pareve cooking cream or pareve whipping cream. For a fleishig version use all oil, four cups chicken soup + one and 1/4 cups water (no cooking cream or whipping cream). Add meat or soup bones when adding the liquid. Cook for at least half an hour instead of 20 minutes.   Editor’s Note: In order to properly inspect asparagus for any kind of infestation, the tips and triangular side leaves must be shaved off, which is why only those sold with a reliable hechsher (primarily) frozen are recommended for use.


Food and Prop Styling by Renee Muller Photography by Cayla Zoharan

Asparagus-Pea Soup

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