Meatless Monday Recipe: Creamy Asparagus Soup

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon oil
2 sliced leeks
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 bunch chopped asparagus
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup unsalted cashews
juice of ½ lemon
Garnish: crostini

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 280 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 12 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 135 mg sodium

Directions

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add 2 sliced leeks, 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms and 1 bunch chopped asparagus; cook 4 minutes. Add 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper to taste; simmer 20 minutes and purée. In a food processor, mix together 1 cup unsalted cashews and 2∕3 cup water until smooth. Stir mixture and juice of ½ lemon into soup; heat 5 minutes. Garnish: crostini