Spring, is coming! And, it's time for another challenge from The Recipe Redux team, one of my families favorite recipes for springtime celebrations. This is a beautiful soup. It fuses the fresh flavors of the springtime vegetables with herbs and is then blended into a smooth, light and delicious soup. It’s even great served cold! It's easy enough to make on a weeknight, but also great to serve to company
While staying conscious of the fat content, I added a can of light coconut milk for a little more creaminess. One can of light coconut milk to 4 cups of broth keeps the fat level quite lower while still offering us that lightness and creaminess we that fuse all the flavors and texture together. You can skip the coconut milk and add 1 tsp coconut extract plus non-dairy milk if you prefer.
To top off the soup, I made a beautiful dairy-free pesto. If you are pressed for time, feel free to add in the juice of one lemon to the soup, throw in some parsley and basil and garlic to the soup and blend it all together for a quicker one step version.
What makes it so easy to prepare is that you put all of the ingredients into one pot. After sauteeing the onion and garlic in water or broth, you'll add the asparagus, peas, and zucchini along with the vegetable broth and coconut milk (or non-dairy milk). Then just simmer until tender.
The pesto takes a little extra work. Put all of the pesto ingredients, no oil needed, are put into a food processor and processed with a little water to get to the consistency you like. A couple of asparagus tops, the pesto and a sprinkling of pine nuts are a beautiful garnish for the top of the soup. Enjoy with some crusty bread for a complete meal.
I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below for this Asparagus, Pea, Zucchini Soup! If you have a photo, post it on my Instagram page, tag me using the hashtag #plantbasedcooking in your caption, and I won't miss it!