This lightly creamy asparagus soup is SO easy to make and full of fresh spring flavor. It's the perfect healthy, bright spring meal.
2tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
2small Yukon gold potatoes, 1½ cups diced
3garlic cloves, minced
Heaping ½ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
½teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard*
1packed cup basil
Fresh mint sprigs, optional
Mint & Pine Nut Topping
¼cuptoasted pine nuts, chopped
¼cupfresh mint, minced
Pinchof red pepper flakes
Make the mint & pine nut topping by chopping together the pine nuts, mint, red pepper flakes, and salt. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the scallions and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until soft. Add the potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and water and simmer for 12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
Add the asparagus to the pot of potatoes and continue simmering for 5 more minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the peas and then transfer the soup to a blender. Add the mustard, lemon juice, and lemon zest and blend until creamy. Add the basil and blend until combined. Season to taste.
Portion the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the mint & pine nut topping, drizzles of olive oil, and a few sprigs of fresh mint, if desired. Serve with crusty bread.
*I like Sir Kensington's Dijon Mustard. It has a mellow flavor that's not overpowering.