A day of the year I anticipate most can’t be marked on a calendar or planned in advance. It’s the first moment in March when I walk into the store and see a big, beautiful display of well-priced, vibrant green asparagus. Praise the heavens and let there be hope that gentler days are ahead, my favorite spring veggie has returned! To help us prepare for the in-kitchen festivities, I’m sharing the recipe for a lusciously velvety, distinctly spring green Cream of Asparagus Soup.

Healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup in a white bowl

Asparagus season is preciously short. Every year, I spend the last several weeks of winter impatiently awaiting its arrival.

As soon as it’s here, I fill our menu with this easy Asparagus Tart, Baked Lemon Chicken with asparagus, this asparagus Vegan Risotto, any of these asparagus recipes, and of course today’s easy asparagus soup.

Not only does this creamy asparagus soup celebrate one of the best, most precious vegetables of the season, it does so in a way that manages to be healthy and comforting at the same time, which suits my March mood.

On the one hand, I’m ready to shed winter’s heft and craving something lighter.

On the other, it’s still chilly out, and I need comfort food to warm and protect me from winter’s lingering dregs.

This asparagus soup recipe dances the line and delivers on both. It’s exactly what I am craving this March, on into April, and for as long as I can get my happy paws on bountiful asparagus bundles.

Fresh asparagus stalks

How to Make the Best Cream of Asparagus Soup

As much as I love asparagus soup, I rarely order it out, as most restaurant versions make cream of asparagus soup with half and half or heavy whipping cream.

Yes, it’s good (who are we kidding here?), but I find that most are all about the cream and leave the asparagus as a casual afterthought.

I wanted more from my cream of asparagus soup, and you should too.

Yes, asparagus soup should be creamy, but it also must genuinely celebrate this special spring vegetable.

Since I planned to eat my asparagus soup for lunch during the week, I also wanted it to be healthy (and not send me into an afternoon food coma).

Cream of Asparagus Soup with bacon and without Cream in a bowl

To achieve my creamy-but-healthy goal, I tried this cream of asparagus soup a few different ways:

  • Cream of Asparagus Soup with Milk: Meh. It was too thin and (forgive my lack of vocabulary creativity here) milky.
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup, Vegan: I also tried coconut milk in an experimental vegan version, and while it wasn’t bad, the coconut flavor overpowered the asparagus more than I wanted.
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup, Barefoot Contessa: Since Ina seems to know all the answers, I referenced her Spring Pea Soup in Foolproof (one of my all-time fave cookbooks) for inspiration. The leeks stayed, and I also couldn’t resist keeping the crispy ham on top. For this Cream of Asparagus Soup, I updated Ina’s Spanish ham to bacon, which is easier to find, but you can certainly keep the ham if you prefer.
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup without Cream: Believe it or not, THIS WAS THE WINNER!

Healthy Asparagus Soup—Creamy without Cream!

Here are my secrets to the most decadent-tasting Cream of Asparagus Soup that’s surprisingly light on calories.

  • Instead of heavy cream, I added Yukon gold potatoes, which have a rich, creamy texture and naturally buttery flavor. You can’t taste them; rather, the potatoes give the Cream of Asparagus soup the luxurious, velvety texture I was after, no heavy cream required. (I actually made the asparagus soup with chicken broth!)
  • My other trick to making this a creamy soup without cream is Greek yogurt. I’ve been a devoted fan of adding Greek yogurt to my vegetable soups even since I first tried it in this Roasted Carrot Soup and Mushroom Soup. It’s just as wonderful here too.
Low calorie Cream of Asparagus Soup in a bowl

Asparagus Soup–A Recipe to Celebrate the Season

I first tuned into the idea of asparagus as the herald of spring back when I read this book. I didn’t grow up with the concept of seasonal eating (meaning eating what’s in season now because it a) tastes its best, b) is kinder to the environment as it doesn’t need to traverse as many miles, c) is a great way to support local growers, and d) stretches your dollar), and the book introduced me to the concept.

It’s become one I hold dear.

In the book, the author inherits and moves to a farm with her family in the fall. They plant a wide variety of crops, including asparagus, survive the cold, edgy winter, then stare out at winter impatiently and nervously, wondering when their crops will grow.

I think of that book every spring, because one of the earliest chapters is called “Waiting for Asparagus.” When the asparagus arrives, that means spring is here and more life is soon to follow.

Recipe Adaptations

  • To Make Vegetarian. Omit the bacon or try swapping it for the roasted chickpea “croutons” in my recipe for Caesar Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad.
  • To Make Vegan. Omit the Greek yogurt or swap for a non-dairy yogurt. Omit bacon.

How to Store and Freeze Asparagus Soup

  • To Store. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze. Place leftover soup in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat gently on the stove top or in the microwave.
Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe in a bowl with asparagus bites

Dare to be hopeful. Asparagus (and thus spring!) will be here soon. When they arrive, we’ll be ready with this most lovely recipe for easy and healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup.

Cream of Asparagus Soup

4.90 from 38 votes
The BEST Healthy Cream of Asparagus Soup! This rich, velvety soup tastes decadent but is made without cream. A quick, easy recipe that’s perfect for spring.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins

Servings: 4 servings


  • 3 slices thick cut bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped leeks white and light green parts; or swap yellow onion or shallot
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 pounds asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt plus additional for serving (do not use fat free or it may curdle and the soup will not be as creamy)


  • If serving with bacon: Prepare it according to this guide for Oven Baked Bacon or Air Fryer Bacon. Crumble or dice and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or similar medium/large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and potatoes cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the broth, asparagus, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • With an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. (You can also carefully transfer it to a blender or food processor in batches and blend it that way. Be careful as hot soup tends to splatter!) Return the blended soup to the pot and let cool a few minutes. Stir in the Greek yogurt, then season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Remember that if you are adding the bacon on top, it will also be salty, so be careful not to overdo it.
  • Serve hot, topped with crumbled bacon, a sprinkle of fresh chives, and an extra dollop of Greek yogurt as desired.


  • To make vegetarian, omit the bacon or try swapping it for the roasted chickpea “croutons” in my recipe for Caesar Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad. To make vegan: omit the Greek yogurt or swap for a non-dairy yogurt. Omit bacon.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 m months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat gently on the stove top or in the microwave.


Serving: 1(of 4), without baconCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 10gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgFiber: 7gSugar: 8g

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  1. Old retired lady here. I don’t have an immersion blender and I didn’t want to fuss much. What I did was to remove the vegetables and use a mixer to blend them together with some of the broth and return to the soup. A few smaller lumps of veggies here and there. Not much, but that’s OK. Gives the soup character and interest with the textures.
    5 stars

  2. I used to get Cream of Asparagus soup whenever we went to a nearby restaurant. Sadly they closed this year. Since asparagus is so inexpensive right now, I decided to make my own soup. I found your recipe and I am thrilled with the result – delicious! I didn’t even top it off with bacon, which I will for my next bowl. I appreciated your addition of yogurt rather than cream as I am trying to eat more healthy. I discovered your website recently and have enjoyed trying several of your delicious recipes. Thank you.5 stars

    1. Hello,
      I made this almost to the letter. The only difference was adding fresh thyme and withholding the asparagus tips to add/cook later, after I blended. I used 2 % fat Greek yogurt as recommended but it definitely didn’t want to blend in, leaving little yogurt balls. I ended up having to use the blender again to mix in the yogurt. I still had yogurt balls, just smaller. Any recommendations for that? Otherwise, very tasty!4 stars

      1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the flavor, Beth! It’s so hard to say what might’ve caused the yogurt to clump without being in the kitchen with you, but it sounds like the soup was too hot when the yogurt was added. I’d let it cool a little more next time before stirring it in. I hope this helps!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that this recipe wasn’t to your tastes, Judy. I (and many other readers) have really enjoyed the flavors in this dish, so I wish it would’ve been a hit for you too!

  3. I have a 1500 sq.ft. asparagus bed and always looking for recipes. I did not have any leek so I added onion, shallots, over wintered scallions and went down to the river and picked some wild leek (ramps). Wow! The ramps put a spark in this soup that was very unique. I made a small batch and the next will be bigger. Also, I cut off the asparagus tips and added to the soup whole near the end. Great soup!5 stars

  4. I’ve been wanting to make asparagus soup for some time, I’m so glad I came across this recipe.
    Made it for my husband and I first, as my kids wouldn’t even think of trying asparagus soup.
    But when we sat down they all tried a bit and finished my bowl between them!
    So just made another batch for the whole family, 3 happy kids and 2 happy parents.
    Really yummy.

  5. Terrific recipe – super creamy, great asparagus taste! As we are doing low carb, I left the potatoes out (frankly not really needed). I used dill to add a bit of zing and as several other readers said, I left some of the asparagus tips to add in after blending. I cooled the soup in an ice bath and then added the 2% Greek yogurt which blended in perfectly.5 stars

  6. Hi Erin: I’m not good in the kitchen, but I like to try healthy recipes. I like that this recipe is easy for someone like me. However, I used the handheld blender and I ended up with asparagus strings in the bottom. I’m not sure if I’m explaining myself correctly. I do have a puree, but I have that let over stucked to the handheld piece. What did I do wrong, or is this normal?

    1. Hi Marisol! It’s hard to know exactly what could of caused this but I would just continue to puree until nice and smooth.

  7. Greetings Erin!

    Thank you for your recipe, super easy! I omitted the potatoes,….I trimmed the bottoms, going as far down til I had little resistence to the shears. I put the asparagus in a cast iron pot with a little water(not covering the aparagus but up to them), minced california garlic, a little vegan butter, granulated garlic, Badia all purpose seasoning, ground peppter and simmered for about 20-30 minutes. I let it cool a bit, I used the immerson blender, then added the 2% greek yogurt and wallah! So dang delicious……5 stars

  8. I was looking for an easy recipe and the result is simply excellent! Will definitely use your recipe again. Very tasty soup! :)5 stars

  9. Erin, really excellent recipe. We eat low sodium, so left out salt & bacon & still incredible.
    Used onion and added the 2% yogurt. A really big hit. I share your love of asparagus, so much so I grow it in my garden. I used the last fresh pick of this season in your soup recipe.
    Wonderful, thanks!– Julia5 stars

  10. Made your asparagus soup recipe and it really tastes good even before completely cooked. Just wondering what you consider a serving. Will try parsley, thyme and parmesan with some of the portions just fir a different flavor. I increased the recipe 5 X’s! Thanks fir the great recipe! Will try some other of ypur recipes! Happy cooking!5 stars

  11. This soup is amazing! Had some asparagus that needed to be cooked and whaa-laa! Used chicken bone broth that was already opened and yellow onion-no leeks. Such a treat with Greek yogurt and bacon.5 stars

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