Creamy Asparagus Soup (Sans Cream)

Spring is asparagus season – yay!

I know some of you may be thinking… “ewh gross, asparagus makes my pee smell funny.”

Well there is actually a reason for that.

When you digest asparagus it gets broken down into sulfur containing byproducts. And, when you pee, those sulfur byproducts evaporate, causing the smell of those sulfur compounds to rise up toward your nose.

It smells a little bit like rotten cabbage – but it’s nothing to worry about.

And, if you can stand the smell, by eating asparagus you’ll get a good dose of vitamin K and folate.

Now that the smelly pee mystery has been solved…. enjoy your soup!

Creamy Asparagus Soup
Recipe type: Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Recipes
Cuisine: Food is Medicine
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tbsp. butter, or olive oil
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped (woody stems removed)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium red potato, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Put butter into a soup pot on medium high heat.
  2. Add leek, asparagus and garlic, and sauté 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add potato, chicken stock and sea salt and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove vegetables and puree in a food processor or blender.
  6. Add back to the pot, season with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese.