Instant Pot Easy Cream of Asparagus Soup
This delicious comforting soup can be served either hot or cold, so it is perfect for enjoying all year round! Soup is a healthy meal and should be eaten on a regular basis to provide those delicious extra servings of vegetables!
This soup is easy to prepare by just tossing everything into your Instant Pot and letting the pot work its magic.
Soup always heats up well the next day for healthy leftovers so don’t be afraid to make extra.
Healthy and Deliciuos Low Fat Soup made right in your Instant Pot
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped small
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 lbs. asparagus, tough ends removed and cut into chunks
- 1 whole bay leaf
- 1 cup heavy cream
Select the “Sauté” function on the Instant Pot® and add butter once hot. Add onion and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions develop a bit of color and soften, approximately 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
Pour in broth and deglaze the bottom of the pot, gently scraping up any brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon in the process. Turn unit off.
Add asparagus and bay leaf, and stir to combine. Add lid and lock into place. Position the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 5 minutes.
When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure. Remove lid and discard bay leaf.
To prevent curdling, temper the heavy cream by adding a small amount of the hot liquid to it before stirring it directly into the pot. Stir to combine.
Carefully transfer asparagus mixture to a food processor or high-powered blender and process until smooth. To serve, transfer hot or chilled soup to individual bowls and garnish with a few drops of heavy cream and a couple reserved asparagus tips, if desired. Enjoy!
Clean your asparagus by gently spraying with water. Let dry in a colander and either cut the tough ends off with a sharp knife or gently “snap” the spear until the end breaks off.
Tip: Reserve a few asparagus tips for garnish prior to cooking.
For a vegan variation, substitute olive oil for butter and full-fat coconut milk for the heavy cream.
We LOVE using our Instant Pot to make healthy soups – try this delicious Instant Pot Split Pea Soup for an easy dinner. Just serve this soup with some garlic bread for a complete meal.