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First Day Of Spring, Vernal Equinox

It was such a weird winter, unusually warm for long periods of time, then bitter cold, recently a snowpocolypse that was more hype than snow accumulation, but it’s finally here, the first day of Spring.  It’s still pretty cold and there is snow and ice on the ground and its official now, we have moved on winter is a thing of the past. For several weeks now I have noticed the crocus bloom, buds coming on the tree’s, the daffodils in my yard will be blooming soon and again this year my chives have returned, I had no idea chives were so resilient.  Going to the farmers markets will yield a plethora of produce and although I am not a warm weather person however,  I do love spring and summer fruit and vegetables, can’t wait for the berries and plums and peaches.

It is rare that I post several days in a row but to honor this day I made soup using spring vegetables, a light and delicate soup using asparagus and leeks. So simple and quick to prepare. So to celebrate the first day of Spring I give you soup that is a lovely shade of green and screams spring. The ingredients are few, no spicing except for salt and pepper this soup is an homage to the beauty of fresh spring asapargus and the delicate flavor of a young leek.

I wish you all a wonderful first day of Spring or if you are in another hemisphere a wonderful first day of Fall.

ready to roast

Pureéd Asparagus and leek soup

Serves 2 or more depending on serving size

1 bunch asparagus cleaned and tough parts snapped off

1 medium size leek cleaned well using only the white and light green parts

3 cups broth of your choice or water

salt, pepper

olive oil to drizzle on vegetables before roasting

1-2 tbs butter (optional)

splash of heavy cream (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degree’s, line sheet pan with parchment. Layer your clean vegetables on the pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, you don’t want them to brown only to develop that lovely deep flavor that happens when vegetables are roasted. Remove from oven and place the vegetables in a medium size saucepan.

Add the broth or water and bring to a boil, turn to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pot for approximately 30 minutes. Using tongs place the vegetables in the blender and add a cup of broth. Pureé until desired consistency. Add back to the saucepan with a little more broth if you like your soup on the thin side, season with salt and pepper if needed, add the butter and cream and on low heat cook until it reaches the desired temperature.

Garnish with creme fraiche and chives.

A little peek at whats in store soon.

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  1. HAPPY🌷SPRING🌷EQUINOX

    …today is one of those days I don’t know what I feel like having for dinner…🍲

    Soup does sound inviting with this breezy cool spring day 🍜

    …with a slice of crusty Italian bread and butter…😋

    or maybe I’ll just eat 🍰

    March 20, 2017
    • I made this soup for lunch, feel the same way about dinner as well. Probably a salad. Cake sounds good too!!

      March 20, 2017
  2. I love a good soup since soup is so comforting.
    This one looks amazing and I will certainly add it to my repertoire.

    March 20, 2017
  3. Ostara Blessing to you Suzanne, that is a beautiful soup.

    March 20, 2017
  4. Spring is coming soon Suzanne!!!

    March 20, 2017
  5. That is such a beautiful and delicious looking soup! It’s nice to know that spring is coming, hope the weather stays warm for you!

    March 20, 2017
    • Thanks Jasline, it’s starting to warm up here. Today is nice, snow is melting and no snow in the forecast. Have a great day.

      March 20, 2017
  6. Happy Spring Suzanne, the weather has been crazy here too, today is in the eighties, ugh! anyway love spring such a pretty time of year. I bet your soup is a gorgeous shade of green.

    March 20, 2017
    • Thanks so much Cheri, I love green, it’s one of my favorite colors and the color of soup is wonderful.

      March 20, 2017
  7. Suzanne, do not apologize for posting this wonderful soup! Whether or not spring has sprung, I can’t stop myself saying, “Green, glorious green for spring glorious spring!” (I do love the color green.) :mrgreen:
    This soup sounds marvelous! I like that you didn’t use much seasoning. Unfortunately I have no first hand knowledge of leeks, but I think I get the idea of the flavor, just from the asparagus.
    Time escaped me this weekend, and I didn’t get to make the turnip soup as I had hoped. Maybe next weekend — at least turnips keep well. Have a lovely new week. Mega hugs!

    March 20, 2017
    • Hi Teagan and thank you. I plan on going to the farmers market this Saturday to see whats there, it’s been multiple weeks since I’ve been there, too cold, snow not exactly good weather to be outside shopping. Leeks are wonderful, mild onion flavor, they are so good in soups, I love using in quiche as well. Thanks again and hope you have a wonderful week.

      March 20, 2017
  8. I thought for a minute it was Pea and Ham which I love but I was OK when I saw it had Leek which is the National Plant of Wales and makes a lovely soup.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    March 20, 2017
    • Hi David oh I love pea and ham soup, its been a while since Ive had it. I didnt know that the leek is the national plant of Wales, I guess Welsh recipes contain a lot of leeks. I will have to look up Welsh food. Thank you, the soup is really nice, very delicate and spring like. Thank you for stopping by I am always happy to see you. Mega hugs my friemd.

      March 20, 2017
    • I had no idea leek was the national plant of Wales – huh…

      March 21, 2017
  9. The color Suzanne!! So fresh and beautiful. And I’m with you on waiting for summers produce. Love ripe peaches– but they are still in the distance… and I’m with you on the weather this winter– we’ve had buckets of rain (so needed!!) and then hot days in between. It’s been wacky but welcome. — and– love your garden pics!! I’m waiting for my sweet peas to bloom– in a couple weeks!! Thanks for the beautiful soup– love to you Suzanne. xo

    March 20, 2017
    • Hi Rhonda oh thank you so much. I love peaches too there is nothing like summer produce, I love the tomatoes and cant wait. Hope the sweet peas bloom soon and that you have a great week and good weather.

      March 20, 2017
      • Hi Suzanne– are you planting in your yard this year?? And is your famers market up and selling yet?? Take care friend… xo

        March 22, 2017
      • Hi Rhonda, yes I am planting this year tomatoes definitely and herbs. The farmers market is Year round but it’s been bleak going Saturday hoping that there is something good this week.

        March 22, 2017
      • Hey Suzanne– Good luck with the tomato crop! We went to the Farmer’s Market in Madison Wisconsin last summer and it was immense, making a big circle around the state capitol. And then when I went in February there was a tiny indoor market at the Senior’s Center– small, but we had breakfast there and picked up the best spinach! I guess we just have to wait for summer on the horizon. Take care friend… xo

        March 23, 2017
  10. This is a perfect spring soup Suzanne! I’m so ready for it. What is the name of that pink flower plant? We have one of those in a pot and I always forget the name of it.

    March 20, 2017
    • Hi Kathryn, thank you so much, I do look forward to Spring as well. Its a geranium , the pink one. I plant one every year in Nando’s memory.

      March 20, 2017
      • Thank you!!! I don’t know why I can’t keep that name in my head. Aww, sweet Nando. xoxo

        March 20, 2017
  11. Looks and sounds like a delightful way to celebrate the first day of spring Suzanne!

    March 20, 2017
  12. It’s raining and cold here in California, a perfect soup day.

    March 20, 2017
    • Sorry for the delay in seeing this, it has been freezing cold, snow, then the last couple of days it warmed up now it’s been raining for 2 days. Geez, this weather is all over the place. Hoping it warms for you in sunny California.

      March 27, 2017
  13. Your soup both looks and sounds very delicious, Suzanne 🙂
    I use often leeks instead of onions, they are more mild for the stomach too. Happy spring.

    March 21, 2017
    • I love leeks, use them all the time and keep them on hand for so many dishes. Thank you so much Irene.

      March 27, 2017
      • You are welcome, Suzanne. Many years ago, I had problems with onions and my stomach, then I used leeks instead and it gives a great taste.

        March 28, 2017
  14. Asparagus and leek are the perfect combination for a soup on the first day of spring!

    March 21, 2017
  15. Absolutely stunning! 🌷🌷🌷

    March 21, 2017
  16. I never tried asparagus in soup ! Only in risotto and “just like that” with a mousseline ! I’ll try !

    March 21, 2017
    • I love asparagus and love in risotto also. With a mousseline sounds lovely.

      March 27, 2017
  17. That soup looks very good, Suzanne!

    March 21, 2017
  18. So beautiful Suzanne

    March 21, 2017
  19. This is such a pretty green soup! I am really hoping Spring is just around the corner for us!

    March 21, 2017
    • I know right, the weather has been up and down with no balance at all. Thanks so much Pamela.

      March 27, 2017
  20. It was a weird winter. This soup looks amazing. I look forward to making it soon.

    March 21, 2017
  21. This is beautiful. I love your soups!

    March 21, 2017
  22. I wish I would’ve seen this post before shopping today. My fault for reading a day late. I have the asparagus! That’s all. I see another trip to the store because this looks and sounds yummy.

    March 21, 2017
    • Hi Mary and thank you so much. I am almost a week late in responding, my apologies.

      March 27, 2017
      • No problem. I have the items on my list for my next shopping trip. I can’t wait to taste it. 🙂

        March 27, 2017
  23. Sounds like a great soup! Seeing the photo of your pretty pink geranium makes me want to go buy some for my porch!

    March 21, 2017
    • Hi Nancy and thank you, I plant a geranium every year. Looking forward to another year another geranium.

      March 27, 2017
  24. I love this fresh clean recipe and am so ready for spring. Loved seeing your potted plants!

    March 22, 2017
    • Thanks Julie, I went to the farmers market on Saturday, it was sad nothing there yet, maybe in a few weeks.

      March 27, 2017
  25. I love a warm, nourishing soup like this one!

    March 23, 2017
  26. Asparagus soup has always been a favorite of mine and I like your addition of leeks to your recipe. Happy spring.

    March 23, 2017
  27. I love the idea of roasting the veggies before making the soup. I have all the ingredients for this and am going to make it for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

    March 23, 2017
    • Thank you Antonia, it does make a difference in the flavor, I love eating roasted vegetables and making into soup.

      March 27, 2017
  28. What a beautiful way to welcome spring, Suzanne. I wish the weather would cooperate!

    March 23, 2017
    • I know, the weather is so terrible. Soon enough I will complain about the heat. Happy Spring Josette.

      March 27, 2017
  29. I love your roaste green asparagus & leek soup. It looks very refreshing, green & Springlike too. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

    March 24, 2017
  30. What a great spring soup, just gorgeous!

    March 24, 2017
  31. This will make a great starter to any fresh Spring meal. We have been buying asparagus every week and it’s so inexpensive compared to the U.S. I pay about $3 for a double bunch, which is an expensive vegetable by Mexican standards. Thank you for the inspiration.

    March 25, 2017
    • Thanks Tracey, wow $3 for a huge bunch. I am really enjoying your posts from Mexico.

      March 27, 2017
  32. Yay plants! I know I’m late, but Happy Spring! Really, this winter had been acting like March for 3 months.

    March 26, 2017
    • I am late in responding feel terrible, you are not late at all and thank you. Happy Spring to you as well.

      March 27, 2017
  33. I made potato and leek soup today – your asparagus and leek soups looks like a nicer option for Spring.

    March 27, 2017
    • I just love potato and leek soup. It’s wonderful. This soup is delicious as well. Happy Spring and thank you so much.

      March 27, 2017
  34. don’t usually like asparagus but I had to try this recipe and it was delicious!! 🍵

    March 28, 2017
  35. Suzanne! This soup is great!

    March 28, 2017
  36. Spring has definitely sprung here! I think some days it is already feeling like summer! The soup sounds wonderful, love asparagus.

    March 28, 2017

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