asparagus pepper bisque

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner,Gluten Free,Vegan

While we are experiencing brighter and longer days, they are still very cold. Cold weather = warm soup. This soup has another layer of warmth with the hint of peppers. Yum.

asparagus pepper bisque

dairy, soy, and gluten free, vegan

splash olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 handfuls fresh spinach
1 pound fresh asparagus, chopped
1 cup juice from bell peppers (3-4 peppers)*
1 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for 1 hour
pepper and sea salt, to taste

*sub vegetable broth if preferred

Sauté onion, celery, asparagus and spinach in olive oil. Add juice and broth, simmer until asparagus is tender. Transfer to blender (in batches if necessary), add cashews and puree on high until smooth. Return to pot to keep warm. Season with pepper and salt.

Garnish with asparagus tips when serving.

Enjoy!


{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 JL goes Vegan March 24, 2011 at 3:31 am

Oh, I love this idea of using pepper juice! Yum!

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2 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

it adds great flavor…

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3 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka March 24, 2011 at 4:30 am

I’ve never had an asparagus based soup before but I can’t imagine it not being tasty!!

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4 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

if you like asparagus… :D hope you + Lincoln are having a GREAT vacation!!

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5 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 24, 2011 at 4:32 am

This looks delicious — and I love that there aren’t a ton of seasonings – the veggies can just speak for themselves!

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6 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

yep – very simple ingredients, and the pepper juice adds great flavor!

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7 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 24, 2011 at 5:31 am

Looks so fresh and creamy. Love that it looks like spring too.

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8 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm

yes… me too! until spring arrives, this is what I do! :D

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9 Theresa @ActiveEggplant March 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

Mmmmmm – I love asparagus soups! This one will definitely be added to my “must try” list. (This list is getting a lot bigger thanks to you – guess i better get crackin!)

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10 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

aw, thanks Theresa – I love hearing that! and yep – get crackin’ – I want to hear what you like! also, pet the Long Dog for me! :D

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11 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty March 24, 2011 at 7:26 am

This is just SO beautiful and I LOVE asparagas!!

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12 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm

thanks, Jess! asparagus is my favorite!

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13 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

why do I wanna go all Harry Potter on you and call that last picture “The Leaky Cauldron?” ;)

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14 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

ha! I know, it’s kinda random but I really liked it… :)

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15 Lisa March 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

This looks AMAZING. I love how colorful the green is. Asparagus is my favorite veggie. I will definitely be making this one!

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16 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I love asparagus too… I hope you like it! :)

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17 Dorry March 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

Beautiful green! I’m not a fan of asparagus, but I bet I could sub something else. And I do love bell peppers!

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18 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm

but no GREEN bell peppers, right? :)

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19 Dorry March 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm

you remembered! now THAT is true friendship.

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20 Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Okay, this is totally my soup! Bookmarked! :D :D :D Now I just have to wait for green asparagus coming to the grocery store …

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21 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I hope you see good asparagus soon! ours keeps getting better – slim and fresh, YUM!

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22 Dinner at Christina's March 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Mmm so bright and yummy looking!

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23 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

thank you, Christina! it has pretty great flavors…

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24 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm

tell me more! i’m picky with soups — do you LOVE IT love it , or just like it? I want to try this but my asparagus is precious to me! bahahaha! i trust you – give me the flavor deets! =)

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25 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

well, if you’re picky with soup maybe don’t try it?? I love Love LOVE asparagus too… and I love this. I would hate to have you try it and not like it, then I’d feel bad and send you asparagus in the mail… ;)

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26 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

ps: it is BEAUTIFUL!

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27 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

thank yoooouuuu

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28 (what runs) Lori March 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

That looks ridiculous! Absolutely delicious!
I make a raw asparagus soup that is absolutely to (die) live for! Must make both… ;)

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29 spabettie March 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

it IS ridiculous! ;) I would LOVE to try your raw version – do you have it online? please share… :D

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30 Trudy ~ veggie num num March 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Wow! The colour of this soup is amazing and I just love asparagus and spinach, yum yum!!

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31 Dana March 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this, but I don’t have any almond milk on hand. Can I substitute it with something else?

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32 Jenn@slim-shoppin March 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I”ve never heard of such a soup! It looks so pretty :)

What is with this cold weather? I’m done with winter

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33 S @ extremebalance.net/blog March 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Always with the to-die-for green foods! This is 100% my kind of soup… with several kicks of hot sauce, of course. Thanks for the idea, Kristina!

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34 Miri Leigh March 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Looks wonderful. What a gorgeous color!

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35 Baking Serendipity March 24, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I love the bright green color of this soup! It looks perfect for late winter/early spring :)

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36 Midlife Cruiser March 25, 2011 at 12:33 am

Gorgeous green! I wanted to lick the bowl. I’m in awe of your photos and culinary skills as usual!! What a gift!!

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37 Biz March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

My mom and I ordered asparagus soup at a restaurant – and were surprised when it came out cold – neither of us liked it, but we took it home and heated it up – delicious!

You just reminded me that I wanted to recreate that at home – now I don’t have to – I’ll just steal your recipe :D

Have a great weekend!

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38 spabettie March 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I’m not a fan of many cold soups… glad you warmed it and made it better! :) I hope you have a great weekend too, Biz!!

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39 whitney March 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Wow! This is so bright and green I love it!

Whitney

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40 spabettie March 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Thanks, Whitney! I love vibrant foods!

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41 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Love the bright color in this! I love this recipe, because I always find myself grabbing a bundle of asparagus at the store this time of year, when it’s in season. But one can only enjoy steamed asparagus for so long. :) I’ll have to give this a try!

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42 spabettie March 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

yes – try it… YUM. I rarely steam asparagus anymore… I roast it usually…

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43 Christin@purplebirdblog March 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

You can ship somma that directly to my mouth, kthx.

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44 spabettie March 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

yea, baby. I would if I could!!

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45 Jack October 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm

beautiful!

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46 Shari November 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm

this looks beautiful! I love the use of pepper juice, very creative.

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47 spabettie November 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

thank you, Shari! the pepper is really good in this!

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48 Bette November 14, 2011 at 2:28 am

this is one of my favorites!

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49 Amanda Hayley November 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

found this from the new collage site (congrats on getting on there, you are among some wonderful people, as you should be!). I cannot wait to try this, it looks fantastic!

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50 Nhi November 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

I haven’t cooked much with asp; you have given me a good starting point with the easy recipe here, thank you!

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51 spabettie November 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

you are so welcome, Nhi!

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52 Lisa Gregg November 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

saw this on someone else’s sight; did you know?

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53 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

hi Lisa, which site?

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54 Taylor November 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm

looks delicious!

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55 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

thanks, Taylor!

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56 Winnie November 28, 2011 at 1:05 am

love this soup!! we made this weekend and it was perfect with the COOOOLLLLLD we are experiencing. it will be a winter favorite, thank you!

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57 Julie November 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

sounds delicious! I love asparagus soup, I will try this one, thank you!

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58 Sara December 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

looks delicious!

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59 Eric December 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love this soup!

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60 Debs @ The Spanish Wok March 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

Oh yum, can’t wait to try this, thanks.

You are welcome to join in my food blogger event THE SOUP KITCHEN, here all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon.

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61 WOD March 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

my new favorite soup, love the pepper addition.

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62 Shala April 8, 2012 at 2:27 am

nice photo

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63 Jen May 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Found this recipe through Gojee. I didn’t realize it was vegan until I finished making it. Yum! This is officially going into regular rotation. Who says vegan food tastes like shredded cardboard? (Well, I did, actually. Happy to be wrong.)

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64 emily April 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m making it for the 3rd time in just over a month since I found your website. My family all loves this and I’ve shared it with many friends who love it as well. The only thing I do differently is use a full pepper chopped and sauteed with the other veggies plus more broth to make up for the pepper juice.

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