Creamy is front and center in the recipe title and it is certainly earned, but this silky vegan soup takes an alternative route from the usual dairy-based add-ins to get there. The secret ingredients that create the creamy texture are probably already in your pantry: starchy russet potatoes and heart-healthy olive oil. Aromatics like cilantro, shallot, and ginger are blended in to punch up the flavor; and while you won't be able to taste it, baby spinach gives the soup its vibrant green color.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2020


Credit: Chris Simpson

Recipe Summary

25 mins
55 mins


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  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add shallot and ginger and cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add potato and 4 cups water. Season with salt and pepper and simmer until potatoes are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Add asparagus and continue to simmer until vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Reserve one cup liquid from pot and transfer the rest of the mixture to a blender; let cool slightly.

  • Add cilantro and spinach to blender and purée until smooth, adding reserved broth as needed for desired consistency. Return soup to pot and stir in remaining 1/4 cup oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm or chilled, with a drizzle of oil, more pepper, and lemon wedges on the side.