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.

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

Renee Kohley – Raising Generation Nourished
5 from 21 votes


  • 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


  • 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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  1. 5 stars
    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!! 🙁

  2. 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!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for fresh spring produce! I love how easy it is to make in the Instant Pot.

  4. 5 stars
    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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    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.

  9. 5 stars
    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!

  10. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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!