Asparagus Soup with Mint Pistou

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

Pistou is just a French version of pesto.

16 Ratings
Directions for: Asparagus Soup with Mint Pistou


Asparagus Soup

4 cup fresh green asparagus trimmed, then peeled and chopped (approximately 2 bunches), cutting and reserving the tips (1 litre)

½ onion, chopped

1 leek, white part only, washed well and chopped

1 medium sized carrot, peeled and diced

2 Tbsp unsalted butter (30 ml)

1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced

1 cup spinach, chopped (125 ml)

4 cup chicken stock (1litre)

½ cup white wine (125 ml)

¼ tsp cayenne (1 ml)

Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

¼ cup buttermilk (60 ml)


1 cup mint leaves, washed and dried (250 ml)

½ cup basil leaves, washed and dried (125 ml)

1 small clove garlic, crushed

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (60 ml)

Zest of ½ a lemon

Coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (10 ml)


Asparagus Soup

1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add onion, leek, carrot and garlic and lightly cook vegetables without colouring, about 2 minutes. Add wine and reduce by half, about 2 minutes. Add potatoes, asparagus stems, and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and let simmer until potatoes and asparagus stems are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Steam asparagus tips. (Alternatively place a mesh strainer into the soup broth and add the asparagus tips to cook until crisp tender about 2 minutes.) Set the tips aside until ready to use.

3. Add the chopped spinach to the soup and cook for 1 minute.

4. Carefully puree soup in a blender or with a hand blender until smooth. Note if soup seems stringy from the asparagus, strain soup through a mesh strainer.) Stir in buttermilk. Reheat until steaming. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Serve and garnish with asparagus tips and pitsou.


1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Garnish soup with a dollop of the pistou.

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