The slow cooker is the perfect appliance for making pots of healthy soup. The recipe below features asparagus in a hearty broth thickened with potatoes and enriched with cream. This is a great way to feature those first beautiful asparagus spears that appear in the market in the spring before the weather turns warm.
If you don’t have asparagus, you can use this same recipe and method for other vegetables. This soup is also delicious when made with broccoli or hearty winter greens like kale or chard. To make it vegan, substitute silken tofu for the cream. You still get the rich texture, and the tofu adds a bit of protein and fiber, too.