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Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis

4 servings Prep time: 15 min + 20 min to cool Cook time: 25 min

Asparagus blends into a surprisingly creamy base for this nutrient-rich soup. It’s a unique way to highlight this spring vegetable while upping your intake of vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. Adding chicken bone broth increases its protein content and offers support for gut health, immunity, reduced inflammation, and more.

This soup also comes with a host of gut benefits. Leeks and celery contain fiber for optimal digestion and elimination support, while leeks and asparagus both contain prebiotic inulin to encourage microbial balance. 

I know you’ll love this seasonal soup as much as I do!

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Easy Healthy Recipe


Pickled Chilis

  • 1 Fresno chili, stemmed, seeds removed, thinly sliced crosswise
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 medium leek, white parts only, cut lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 32 ounces of chicken bone broth (or any other choice of liquid)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed of woody ends, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup canned coconut cream
  • 10 medium basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Serving Suggestion

  • Broccoli sprouts (optional)
  • Maldon salt (optional)


Step 1 Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Healthy Recipe

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine chili with salt and coconut sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the vinegar and oil. This could be done the night before making the soup.

Step 2 Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Healthy Recipe

Step 2

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine ghee with leek and celery root and cook, stirring occasionally, until ghee is melted. Turn heat to low, cover, and continue to cook until leeks are soft, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Uncover and add the shallots and garlic. Cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add chicken broth and turn heat to high. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes until celery root is tender. Add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat and set aside for 20 minutes to cool slightly.

Step 4 Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Transfer asparagus to a high-speed blender with coconut cream, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Blend on high speed until completely smooth. Do this in two batches if necessary. Return to the saucepan, and reheat on low. Stir and keep warm over low heat until serving.

Step 5 Asparagus Soup with Pickled Chilis Healthy Recipe

Step 5

Ladle soup into individual bowls, topping each bowl with slices of pickled chili, a pinch of broccoli sprouts, and a sprinkle of Maldon salt (if using).

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis (per serving): Calories: 277g, Total Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 13g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Sodium: 379mg, Sugars: 6g, Net Carbs: 12g

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