This simple Curried Asparagus Soup doesn't have a long list of ingredients and it doesn't cook on the stovetop for an hour, but it packs in a surprising amount of flavor for an unassuming bowl of soup. Cashews add a little protein and creaminess without using dairy and lemon juice squeezed into the soup just before serving gives it a bright, fresh flavor.
- ⅔ cup raw cashew pieces
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon sweet curry powder
- 2 pounds asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon wedges for serving
- Before you begin the rest of the prep work, place the cashews in a small bowl and cover them with very hot water. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and cook until it has softened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
- Add the asparagus and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer uncovered until the asparagus has softened, about 15 minutes. Allow soup to cool slightly.
- Rinse the cashews and put them in a blender with a ladle or two of the soup. Blend until completely smooth. Add the remaining soup to the blender (you may have to do this in batches) and puree until smooth and creamy; return to the Dutch oven and heat on medium until warmed through, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.