HOMEMADE KETO ASPARAGUS SOUP DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER
Although we enjoy broth and tomato-based soups another famous soup we make in the CBB kitchen is our Keto Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Not only is it low-carb and gluten-free it’s extremely easy to make, budget-friendly and brings home the flavours of Ontario produce when available.
Foraging for Wild Asparagus
During early-mid June if you love to forage you can find wild organic asparagus growing in ditches around farmers fields preferably that grow and sell asparagus.
As a young child, Mrs CBB grew up with her dad who loves to forage still to this day.
Over the years she foraged for wild asparagus, wild mushrooms, wild berries and plenty of other free wild edibles in their hometown.
I’ve been introduced to the foraging life quite a few times and it’s amazing what grows and is hidden in the forests, ditches and tall grasses.
I won’t get into the specifics of wild asparagus picking but Mrs CBB found Crystal over at Whole Fed Homestead who offers a detailed blog post about How To Hunt and Forage for Asparagus.
Mrs CBB says that reading her post brings back lots of memories because this was exactly how her family would forage for asparagus.
Asparagus loves light. You really won’t find it in the woods, or anywhere that is shaded from the mid-day sun.
We almost always find it in the road ditches and on the edge of farm fields. That narrows down your search area considerably.- Whole Fed Homestead
One of the nice things about making homemade soup is that if you make a big pot you have easy lunches and dinners for a few days.
In our house, we make a big pot of homemade soup about once a week sometimes twice and we love it.
Although it’s the wrong time of year to forage for asparagus you can start to find sale prices for asparagus in your local produce department.
Grocery Store-Bought Asparagus Options
Depending on when harvested you’ll find the price can be as low as $1.99lb to $4.99lb.
Alternatively, you could also buy asparagus in bulk, blanch it and then freeze for later use.
Multiple grocery stores in Ontario, Canada also carry cans and jars of asparagus for use throughout the year.
Don’t forget to take a peek in the freezer section as you will often find frozen asparagus that is fresher than what you get in a can.
Another popular way to enjoy asparagus is with eggs or pickling them to eat like pickles or as a garnish.
In Wisconsin Crystal will find wild asparagus in the Fall where in Ontario we can find it during the months of June and July and into the Fall.
Like she points out asparagus loves sunshine and in Ontario that brings us into the Spring, Summer and Fall months.
How To Make Keto Cream Of Asparagus Soup
I didn’t make a large pot of this Keto asparagus soup as we also made a pot of Keto cream of radish soup at the time so we kept the portion sizes smaller.
This pot of soup will be enough to feed 4-6 people although it always depends on your bowl and portion size.
Obviously, this soup is keto-friendly but you can’t even tell because the only difference is the thickening agent.
Instead of using flour or starch to thicken the asparagus soup we use a bit of xanthan-gum a food thickening agent or stabilizer which you can find at any health or bulk food store.
If you don’t want to use xanthan-gum (Keto, Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) simply add a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch with equal amounts water to a small bowl, mix and add to your soup and blend. (Note that is not Keto or gluten-free)
Use the same method as you would make and thicken a gravy.
Start off by washing the asparagus then chopping it up into pieces then adding them to a pot with 2 cups of chicken broth by using cubes or a bone broth.
I lightly boil the asparagus until tender which takes about 5-7 minutes then add butter.
Use a stick blender to blend the asparagus and then put back on the stove-top on low heat.
If you prefer a chunky soup then keep some of the asparagus in chunks so it adds texture to the body of soup.
This is the time where you will want to add your spices, lemon juice and stir.
Finally, add the cream and xanthan-gum and a further 4 cups of chicken broth and blend.
Let the Keto cream of asparagus soup cook on low for about 10-15 minutes to thicken and warm through and it’s done.
Keto Cream of Asparagus Soup with Asiago Cheese (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 25 to 30 spears of asparagus washed and chopped.
- Leave a few asparagus tops for garnish
- 1 teaspoon Xanthan-gum or flour and water or cornstarch and water to thicken
- 1/2 cup half and half cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dry parsley
- 1 teaspoon tarragon
- Asiago for topping
- In a medium to the large pot add 2 cups of broth and the chopped asparagus.
- Boil until tender, remove from heat, add butter then use a stick blender to blend.
- If you want to leave the soup chunky don’t blend completely.
- Add your spices, lemon juice, 4 cups chicken broth, and blend
- Finally, add your xanthan-gum and cream then blend again.
- Put back on low heat for about 15 minutes to thicken and blend as needed or desired.
- Top with asparagus tops, sour cream, Asiago cheese or your favourite toppings
You can top your Keto cream of asparagus soup with Asiago cheese which has a tart strong taste which is perfect the perfect pairing.
Sometimes we like to add a dollop of full-fat sour cream.
If you’re on a low carb high-fat diet this keto cream of asparagus soup is a wonderful meal in a bowl.
Alternatively for those of you who just love cream soup, this asparagus soup will certainly warm your soul.
Discussion Question: What would you top your keto cream of asparagus soup with?
Per 1/6 Recipe: Calories 255, Carbs 3 net carbs per bowl *Using Atkins Carb Counter
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