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Instant Pot Spring Leek & Asparagus Soup :: Gluten and Dairy Free!

March 7, 2019

Instant Pot leek & asparagus soup pulls the best flavors of spring with a quick pressure cook prep time!

Snow Day number 7,458…

Another lake effect snow storm, polar vortex, whatever you want it call it…is in the books! In March. It’s Michigan…I get that. By March I’m definitely over it, and I’m so ready to bring you some bright, fresh spring recipes! Since it is so cold here, we’ll start with spring produce in soup form to keep us warm, m’kay?!

Whatever state is sending us spring produce…THANK YOU!

We adore you. No really we do. Because we won’t see fresh Michigan asparagus until almost May, and I just can’t go that long without some spring in my life! When I saw the first asparagus sale from at the store a couple weeks ago, I snagged what I could and to the girls’ complete delight we had roasted asparagus with dinner that night – something other than winter veggies! They were in heaven! Leeks and lemons are such a bright and fun spring addition to this smooth and creamy soup too – it’s like spring in a bowl!

Flavors that will blow you away

It is just so good. This soup – you will want cup after cup after cupful. The mild leeky onion allows the rest of the veggies to really shine through, and that tangy bright lemon and yogurt put it over the top. Once you try the little hit of lemon in your asparagus soup, you’ll never go back. This soup would be a great appetizer or soup course item for Easter brunch or dinner. Your guests will be wondering what it is that is making the flavor so amazing, and it is really that combination of the perfect balance of sweet veggies, tangy finishes, and delicious herbs. It will vanish before their eyes!

Instant Pot quick!

I cannot wait to make this soup all spring long! If you happen to snag a great in season deal on asparagus this spring, you can really stock up your freezer with asparagus soup. Shopping veggies in season is defintely how to keep your real food budget in check. And since we can make the soup easily in our Instant Pot, the though of making it all season long doesn’t sound daunting! If you have the 8 quart, I bet you could double this recipe!

The perfect, kid friendly (and not so veggie loving person friendly) soup!

I made this soup on the “soup-ier” side so I could drink it from a mug easily, and so my younger girls could easily use a straw for their school lunch thermos. When my girls were older baby and toddler ages, they really loved eating soups like this with a straw. Between the pressuring cooking time and the blending of the soup, I promise there are no asparagus “strings” left and it is super kid friendly in texture. While I absolutely believe in making sure kids are exposed to every food texture, I understand how those bigger asparagus spears can be kind of stringy. The texture of this soup is soup smooth and creamy – perfect for kids and adults alike!

Freezer Friendly!

Absolutely fill your freezer with at least a couple quarts of leftover soup when you make it! When late fall and middle of winter hit your home, it is SO nice to pull out a jar of spring flavors to change up your menu! To freeze the soup, I like to cool it to room temp, and then fill BPA free freezer quart containers. If you freeze in glass jars, just be sure to leave the lid off for 24 hours in the freezer so it has room to expand and not break your jar. You can put the lid on once it freezes completely.

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5 from 21 votes

Spring Leek & Asparagus Soup :: Gluten & Dairy Free!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tbsp friendly fat to cook in I prefer the flavor of a combo of butter and olive oil. Ghee is lovely too.
  • 2 large leeks ends and green tips removed, sliced into rounds and rinsed of sand (Use the white and light green part. If you don’t have leeks 1 medium onion or a couple shallots would work well.)
  • 3 cloves of garlic peeled (no need to chop – it will all get blended up in the end)
  • 2 bunches of asparagus woody ends removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small/medium yellow potato cubed
  • 1 ½ quarts bone broth
  • 1 tsp dried dill if you have access fresh use about 2-3 tbsp
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut yogurt regular yogurt, crème fraiche, or sour cream (you can use raw milk or coconut milk if you don’t have these, but the tang of the fermented creams is lovely)
  • Juice of ½ lemon use about 1 tbsp
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute,” and melt the butter/oil. Add the leeks and saute for 5 minutes until fragrant, soft, and sweet. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, and then turn the Instant Pot “Off.”
  • Add the asparagus, potato, bone broth, and dill, stir to combine, and put the lid on the Instant Pot. Be sure the valve is closed, and turn your Instant Pot on to “Soup.” Bring the time down to 10 minutes. (The IP will start automatically from here. It will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure depending on how cold your broth was, and then will start counting down the 10 minute pressure cooking time.)
  • When the 10 minutes of pressure cooking is done, release the valve and take the lid off. Blend up the soup using your immersion blender or regular blender until it is smooth.
  • Stir in the yogurt and lemon juice, and then taste for salt and pepper. You can sea salt and pepper the soup to your taste, and serve.

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25 Comments

  • Reply Joni Gomes March 11, 2019 at 10:39 am


    I love it when asparagus is in season! Pairing it with leeks fo soup is so good!

  • Reply Susannah March 11, 2019 at 11:43 am


    Yes, please! I could use some spring in a bowl right now! Just got another giant snow storm over the weekend — and the calendar says spring starts in nine days!! 🙁

  • Reply Cheryl Malik March 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm


    This looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Tessa Simpson March 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm


    The creamy texture from the potato really makes this….and the lemon of course! What a great way to start dinner!

  • Reply Kelly March 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm


    This soup screams spring. Love both leeks and asparagus!

  • Reply Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! March 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm


    We’ve been getting buried in snow here as well, so I can definitely relate to needing something, anything asparagus in my life right away!

  • Reply Megan Stevens March 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm


    I love the lemon in this. Yay that spring is kind of/almost here!! 😉 So happy about leeks and asparagus and soup and sunshine!! This is lovely!

  • Reply Sara March 11, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I love asparagus, but I make it the same way every time – roasted in the oven! I need to give this soup a try, sounds great!!

  • Reply linda spiker March 11, 2019 at 10:36 pm


    What a gorgeous spring soup!

  • Reply Raia Todd March 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm


    My kids aren’t super huge asparagus fans, but I bet they would eat this! They pretty much love anything with potato… haha.

  • Reply Jean March 12, 2019 at 6:18 pm


    Yum, this makes me SO excited for spring! Love the sound of this light and healthy soup.

  • Reply Kiran Dodeja Smith March 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm


    Yum! I admittedly am not great about making or eating leeks, so I love how this will push me out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Annemarie March 12, 2019 at 6:51 pm


    This is the perfect recipe for fresh spring produce! I love how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot.

  • Reply paleoglutenfreeguy March 13, 2019 at 10:47 am


    Oh man, this is SO what I need right now to feel like spring is here…or at least on its way. This looks so good!

  • Reply STACEY CRAWFORD March 14, 2019 at 11:53 am


    This was so delicious, even my son (he is a non-veggie friendly person) loved it. Asparagus is one of the few veggies he likes, so I made this in my IP for him as soon as I saw this!

  • Reply Kathryn March 14, 2019 at 11:30 pm


    I love your Instant Pot recipes and can’t wait to try this one. I’m also super excited to see asparagus show up in our stores again! Spring is coming!

  • Reply jennifer March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am


    what a delicious sounding soup and I’m loving it can be done in the IP — plus I just say a bunch of leeks on sale yesterday, so I’m IN for this one!

  • Reply Hope March 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm


    I loved the rich creamy asparagus flavour in this soup. I love asparagus so this was a perfect soup for me! My little boy enjoyed it too, I have frozen some to enjoy later 🙂

  • Reply Yang March 15, 2019 at 8:59 pm


    That’s spring in a cup! I totally don’t use leek enough. Your recipe inspires me to try this. Best of all, I love instant pot recipes.

  • Reply Anne Lawton March 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm


    I am happy when asparagus is in season and when I see a recipe like this! Thanks for sharing, it’s perfect for the spring.

  • Reply Meredith March 16, 2019 at 10:18 pm


    I love leak based soups! And everyone in my house loves asparagus so I think this soup will be an easy sell… even to my littles. Thank you so much for an easy, healthy, warm spring recipe!

  • Reply Sara T March 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    how can I make this low FODMAP? Not sure if leeks are permitted. Onions and garlic are not.

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Hi Sara! Leeks are high FODMAP. The green tips of spring onion or chives are low fodmap and have that oniony flavor you want 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Leet March 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm


    Renee- this looks lovely! I would love to make this, but I don’t own an IP. I’m assuming it can be adapted for a stovetop version? How would you go about that? Thanks!

    • Reply Renee Kohley March 20, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Hi Rachel! Absolutely! Just saute the leeks and garlic in the bottom of a soup pot the same way as the first part of the instructions. Then you can add the asparagus, potatoes, broth and seasonings, bring to a simmer and simmer until the veggies are very soft. Then you can blend it up!

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