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Green Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops {#SundaySupper}

Asparagus Soup is the perfect way to savor this early spring vegetable.

Asparagus season runs February through early June but the vegetables are at their peak in March and April – grab them while you can to whip up a batch of soup. This Green Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops is ideal for a rich first course or in a larger portion a main entree. Warm crusty bread and cold salted butter would be an ideal companion.

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops AnAppealingPlan.com via @KraylFunch - 6334b

I have found that Asparagus is best eaten when freshly picked or purchased – if you find you have purchased it advance of when you will use it, store it in a refrigerator in a container of water standing upright with the tips covered with a plastic bag to retain moisture and freshness.

Like spinach, asparagus should be washed to remove any grit from the tips before using. Trim the ends of the stalks before cooking or pealing as they tend to be tough and dry out quickly.

Creamy Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops AnAppealingPlan.com via @KraylFunch - 6301




2 lb. asparagus
8 tablespoons {1 stick} unsalted butter
6 shallots, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups stock, chicken or vegetable
4 cups firmly packed chopped fresh spinach
6-8 ounces fresh sea or bay scallops


Snap off the tough stem ends from the asparagus spears and discard. Cut the top 2 inches off of 8-10 of the spears, set aside to use as garnish, then cut the remaining spears into 1-inch lengths. Chop all remaining asparagus into 1-inch pieces.

Bring a large pot two-thirds full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the chopped asparagus and cook until bright green and just tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to an ice bath to stop the cooking. When the asparagus is cool, drain and set aside.

In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter is just hot, add the shallots {retain about 1/2 a shallot to use as the crispy shallot topping} and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chopped asparagus and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the cream and stock. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook for 2 minutes more.

Carefully pour the soup into a blender and puree until smooth. Strain the soup to remove remaining asparagus pulp to a clean saucepan and keep warm.

Add butter and the reserved shallots to pan and cook until crispy. Set aside.

Season the dry scallops with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches, cook the scallops.
In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. When it is nearly smoking, add the scallops and cook until evenly browned and slightly translucent in the center, about 2 minutes per side. Do not over cook the scallops, they tend to continue cooking in the warm soup. Divide the scallops among warmed soup bowls.

Add garnish asparagus tips to the sauté pan and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into the bowls, garnish with the asparagus tips and crispy shallots. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6


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39 Responses to Green Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops {#SundaySupper}

  1. Ala April 1, 2015 at 4:58 AM #

    Oh YAY–I have asparagus in my fridge and was just wondering what to do with it since I’m not a huge fan of just cooking them on their own. Thanks for this!
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    • Krayl Funch April 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

      Ala- just a quick blanch and you are good to go!

  2. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook March 29, 2015 at 7:02 PM #

    Asparagus is my absolute favorite spring vegetable. I like that you did a soup – considering spring doesn’t seem to know it’s time to shine just yet.
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  3. DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts March 27, 2015 at 8:07 PM #

    Beautiful photog! A dish for book 2?
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    • Krayl Funch April 1, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

      DB! So good to see you here too! I know… I need to get going on #2…

  4. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake March 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    What a striking dish! I love everything in this, and I bet it’s just delicious! Pinning to try for sure. 🙂
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  5. Julie @ Texan New Yorker March 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    Asparagus is just hitting its stride where I live too, and I must eat more of it! Your soup looks delicious, I’ll have to try it soon!
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  6. susan // the wimpy vegetarian March 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM #

    Oh Krayl, this is perfect for a Spring party! Asparagus is so good freshly picked – you’re so right!!
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  7. Sam @ PancakeWarriors March 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM #

    Oh my gosh, this is perfection. I make a asparagus and parsnip soup, but I just love the pure asparagus flavor here! And those scallops, send me some they look so yummy and perfectly cooked!
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    • Krayl Funch March 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM #

      Sam – thank you! I had to stand in the kitchen to watch them. I have a habit of walking off and burning things! LOL.

  8. Shaina March 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM #

    Ohh I love this!! What a great combination.

  9. Natalie March 23, 2015 at 8:54 PM #

    I’ve never tried asparagus soup, but I adore asparagus every other way I’ve had it, so I imagine this would be a hit, too! Sadly, I’d have to leave off the scallops as I’m allergic to shellfish, but I think I’d still be happy with just the soup. 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch March 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

      Natalie – you could add Halibut or another fish if you like… or even sliced filet… maybe chilled?

  10. Nicole Keener March 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM #

    Oh gosh I need to try this. I am actually a big asparagus fan, mostly the white one, but this looks too yummy to pass up.

    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:02 PM #

      Nicole – you could easily make this with the white asparagus. But the spinach will make it green…

  11. Diana @DandelionGreensBlog March 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

    This soup is beautiful! What a lovely flavor combination with the scallops and asparagus!

    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:03 PM #

      Diana – it is as pretty as it is tasty!

  12. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen March 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM #

    What a wonderful pairing with asparagus and scallops. Love it!!
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  13. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch March 23, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

    Such a gorgeous looking soup! Love it!
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  14. CarriesExpKtchn March 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM #

    This soup looks wonderful, perfect for Spring!
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    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

      Carrie – it is SO perfect for a Spring gathering!

  15. Jennifer March 22, 2015 at 10:46 PM #

    This looks like a dream come true. Yum!

    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

      Yes it is! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  16. Marion@LifeTastesGood March 22, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

    Oh my yumminess! Asparagus and seared scallops! This sounds absolutely perfect, and I LOVE the green color of that soup! Beautiful!
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    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

      Marion I actually made a double batch so I had extra! So tasty!

  17. Valerie Cathell Clark March 22, 2015 at 5:52 PM #

    I’m such a fan of asparagus soup, and I love the addition of spinach in this one! YUM!
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  18. Family Foodie March 22, 2015 at 5:34 PM #

    What a gorgeous soup! Totally on my must try list!

  19. Laura March 22, 2015 at 4:12 PM #

    What a gorgeous soup!
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  20. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm March 22, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

    Wouldn’t this be a perfect start to a lovely Easter Dinner……
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  21. Lily Lau March 22, 2015 at 3:58 PM #

    Such a delicious soup for this cold first Sunday of spring… yum! 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch March 23, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

      Lily – it is perfect for this time of year. Still rich and hearty but yet springy and green!

  22. Tara Noland March 22, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

    What a pretty, pretty soup for spring. The scallop just puts it over the top!!

  23. Sue Lau March 22, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

    Looks very good with the seared scallops!

  24. Liz March 22, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    Oh, my gosh, adding scallops to asparagus soup sounds like a dreamy combination!!!

  25. Renee March 22, 2015 at 7:23 AM #

    I love the combo of asparagus and scallops. What a great spring soup.
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