Fresh Caprese Bruschetta (w/ Garlic Crostini)

If you’ve ever eaten an Italian Caprese salad, you’ll love this Caprese bruschetta, a traditional Neapolitan recipe. The simple combination of tomatoes with rich olive oil, basil and mozzarella on crunchy, garlicky toast makes for an amazing burst of incredibly fresh flavor!

It’s similar to Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, but with a Neapolitan twist.  As part of an antipasti platter, it’s perfect for a special Italian brunch.

Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.

How to Make Bruschetta Caprese

Don’t let the complex flavors and the elegant name fool you, Bruschetta alla Caprese is not a complicated appetizer to make.

  1. Combine the ingredients and allow to meld at room temperature. If you can, use a good olive oil with this.
  2. Toast the crostini and rub with a raw garlic clove for great flavor.
  3. Top the toast with the salad mixture. Add a drizzle it with a balsamic glaze. Drum roll….presenting…. Bruschetta alla Caprese!

Bruschetta makes a great “snacketizer” for having friends over for an evening chat on the deck with a bottle of Chianti.

A bowl of caprese bruschetta ingredients ready to be tossed.

*Tip. If you or your guests have dairy sensitivities, you can easily prepare this using avocado instead of fresh mozzarella. It’s amazing. Just make sure you coat the chopped avocado in lemon juice before adding it to the salad so it doesn’t go brown.

A bowl of fresh caprese salad with a spoon.

To Make Ahead

If you know you’ll be in a rush, but you want your bruschetta to be fresh, not mushy, try preparing the ingredients separately, up to 24 hours ahead, and then assemble as directed just before serving:

  1. Slice the bread and toast, rub it with a peeled clove of garlic, store in a brown bag on the counter.
  2. Cube the cheese, dice the tomatoes, store in the fridge in separate containers.
  3. Toss the ingredients just before serving and top with fresh herbs.

To Store Bruschetta

One of the best things about this bruschetta is its freshness, so it’s best to serve it on the day of preparation.

Tomatoes do not freeze well to eat as bruschetta however if you have leftovers, you can freeze them and add them to pasta sauce, marinara sauce or soup.

More Fresh Appetizers

Bruschetta Caprese

Rich fresh olive oils, fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes on garlicky toasted bread.

  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 8 oz small fresh mozzarella balls (halved)
  • 10 medium basil leaves (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic ( minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 large baguette or Italian bread (sliced 1" thick)
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic (minced)
  1. Combine tomatoes, basil, parsley, mozzarella, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic & a dash of salt & pepper. Allow to sit at room temperature while you prepare the bread.

  2. Place bread slices under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until the bread is very lightly toasted.

  3. Immediately after removing bread from oven, rub the garlic clove over each slice.
  4. Top the bread slices with 1/4 cup of the tomato and mozzarella mixture.

 

Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.
Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini.
Top photo - Caprese bruschetta spread on a crostini. Bottom photo - Caprese Bruschetta mixed in a white bowl.

Skillet Pizza

This Skillet Pizza is made supreme style, topped with a colorful mix of pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives. The pizza dough is cooked in a hot cast-iron skillet to ensure a crispy crust. Grab a hot slice of cheesy homemade pie, it will disappear fast!

This easy skillet pizza will be your new favorite dinner time staple. The flavor rivals frozen versions, and you don’t have to worry about it arriving cold when you call for delivery. The best part is the toppings are cooks choice, but why not load it up with a variety of meat and vegetables for the ultimate slice. Looking for more tasty one-pan recipes? Then try Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet, Pan-Seared Scallops, or Sweet and Sour Shrimp.

Skillet Pizza

Skillet Pizza

When a steamy hot pizza leaves the oven and hits the table, it’s something that is hard for most to resist. It’s worth the burning of fingertips for chewy and crispbread smothered in tomato sauce, melty cheese, and little bite sides toppings.

This recipe is a little different in that instead of using a pizza stone, an extremely hot cast iron pan is the vessel to deliver a delicious pie. It’s an easy method that once you practice a few times, will be your go-to whenever the craving hits.

How to make Skillet Pizza

  • Preheat the cast iron pan in a 475-degree oven.
  • Roll out the pizza dough to 12-inches in size.
  • Oil the pan with olive oil and then add in the pizza dough.
  • Brush the edge of the dough with olive oil and then bake for 3 minutes.
  • Add the pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, olives, Italian seasonings, and black pepper.
  • Bake until the pizza crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, 10 to 12 minutes.

store-bought pizza dough

Type of pizza dough

This recipe uses fresh store-bought pizza dough for a convenient and quick dinner. It’s brought to room temperature for 30 minutes before using so that it’s easier to work with. Roll it out on a floured surface so that it’s large enough to fit snugly in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet.

Homemade pizza dough or frozen can also be used. Make sure to keep an eye on the cooking time, especially if the crust is thin, you may also be able to skip the par-bake step.

Make a cast iron pizza

A large cast-iron skillet is used because it holds heat incredibly well. The result is a super crispy crust and perfectly cooked toppings. I use a parbaking technique for a few minutes, similar to when I make a grilled pizza.

This step pre-cooks the dough before the wet ingredients are added to ensure the dough is cooked through. Once the toppings are added on, it’s just about 10 additional minutes until a freshly baked pizza is ready to enjoy!

Make a cast iron pizza

What toppings do you add for a supreme pizza?

It’s all about adding anything your heart desires! Use a premade pizza or tomato sauce, or make your own homemade marinara sauce. Shredded mozzarella cheese goes on next, followed by pepperoni. I like the smaller size so the flavor doesn’t overpower the other toppings and doesn’t get too greasy.

Often times crumbled sausage is also added if you want extra meat. Freshly sliced bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, and olives add a nice colorful mix. If you are feeling a simpler pie, this Margherita pizza with tomatoes and fresh basil is a family favorite.

supreme pizza inside a cast iron skillet

Looking for more skillet recipes? Try these ones!

Skillet Pizza

This Skillet Pizza is made supreme style, topped with a colorful mix of pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for brushing)
  • 1 pound fresh pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 16 small pepperoni slices
  • ½ cup thinly sliced bell pepper (red and green)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ½ cup sliced white mushrooms
  • ¼ cup sliced olives
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • Black pepper (as needed for seasoning)
  1. If using store-bought pizza dough, allow to sit at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Place oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 475ºF (246ºC).
  3. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to heat.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface, the dough, and rolling pin. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle.
  5. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and place on a heat-safe surface.
  6. Add olive oil to the skillet and use a paper towel to evenly spread into the pan.
  7. Carefully add the pizza dough to the skillet, spreading the edges into the corners of the pan.
  8. Lightly brush olive oil on the edges of the crust.
  9. Bake the pizza dough for 3 minutes to par-bake the crust.
  10. Remove the pizza dough from the oven and evenly spread the pizza sauce over dough.
  11. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce.
  12. Add the pepperoni, bell pepper, red onions, mushrooms, and olives on top.
  13. Sprinkle the Italian seasonings and black pepper on top.
  14. Bake the pizza until the bottom is golden brown and crispy, 10 to 12 minutes.
  15. Slice the pizza and enjoy hot.

 

Burma Superstar Chicken Dal Curry

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.
Chicken Dal Curry

Although I don’t want summer to end, I am looking forward to more braised dishes and stews. This dish satisfies both my cravings for curry and chicken stew, combining two of my favorite comfort foods. More comfort food chicken recipes I also love, Chicken Coconut Curry, Filipino Chicken Adobo, and Instant Pot Latin Chicken Stew with Corn.

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Easy Cheesy Ham Casserole

Ham Casserole is one of those yummy cheesy dishes that just scream home-cooked comfort. This casserole is made with ham and pasta tossed in a creamy cheesy sauce (much like a mac and cheese)!

This is a great dish to make that leftover ham stretch to satisfy a crowd.

Close up of the baked ham casserole with a spoon taking a scoop out of the corner.

What Goes in Ham Casserole

Cheesy ham casserole combines diced ham, with tender pasta in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. With 3 types of cheese (cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheeses) this is a tasty dish!

A little thyme and Dijon add a savory lift to this leftover ham casserole .

Finally, a topping of buttered Panko bread crumbs with cheese provides some welcome crunch-appeal.

Close up of the cheese sauce being poured over the ham and pasta in a white casserole dish.

Substitute to your heart’s content with the cheeses and pasta! Any kind of pasta will work for ham noodle casserole. Shells are my favorite, they cup and hold the cheese sauce, and are melt-in-your-mouth tender! I also find cheddar cheese is always great for melting into a sauce, but you can use any pasta or cheese you have on hand for this dish!

  • Pasta: rotini, penne, macaroni or even spaghetti.
  • Cheese: colby, asiago, swiss or muenster would be delicious!

How to Cook Ham Casserole

Homemade Cheese Sauce is easy to make and creates great flavor for this casserole. The sauce for this recipe starts with a roux.

Pre-shredded cheese can have starches added to keep it from clumping so it may not melt as well. For this sauce, it’s best to shred your own cheese.

Overview of the ham,pasta and cheese sauce mixture in a white casserole dish with the remaining toppings on the side.

Prep & Bake

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Whisk in flour and cook for about a minute (per recipe below). Slowly whisking in the milk and to thicken. Add cheese until creamy.
  2. Combine cheese sauce, ham and pasta in a casserole dish.
  3. Top with crumb topping.

Bake until bubbly and the top is browned and crisp.

Creamy cheesy ham and noodle casserole with a bread crumb topping

What to Serve With Ham Casserole

Ham and cheese casserole is creamy stick-to-your-ribs rich with salt from the ham and cheese. Look for a side dish that is light, fresh and sweet or tangy. A fresh fruit salad, fresh tomato salad or cucumber dill salad would be welcome companions for ham casserole.

More Cheesy Pasta

Ham Casserole

This easy cheesy ham casserole is the perfect way to use up your leftover ham and stretch it to feed a crowd!

  • 1 lb medium shells
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream (10-12% M.F.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar (divided)
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups diced ham

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together topping ingredients, set aside.
  2. Cook shells al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter, flour and seasonings in a saucepan. Allow to cook 1 minute.
  4. Slowly add in cream and milk while whisking after each addition. The mixture will seem thick at first but will smooth out with each addition.
  5. Once all of the cream/milk is added, whisk while bringing to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in 2 1/2 cups cheddar, gruyere cheese and parmesan until smooth.
  7. Mix cheese sauce with cooked pasta and ham and place in a 9×13 pan. Add topping and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  8. Bake 22-26 minutes or until heated through and topping is browned. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

 

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This ham casserole is made with pasta, 3 types of cheese, and a crunchy bread crumb topping! It's a great dish when looking for a way to stretch your leftover ham to feed a crowd. #spendwithpennies #hamcasserole #maindish #pasta #kidfriendly #budgetfriendly #leftoverham

Cheeseburger Pizza – two favorites combined!

Cheeseburger Pizza,  it’s two of the world’s favorite comfort foods combined for a perfect weeknight meal!  A delicious crust loaded with lean beef, bacon and of course tons of yummy cheese! Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

Somehow I am always finding ways to incorporate that yummy cheeseburger flavor into other dishes like Bacon Cheeseburger Pie and of course our favorite Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs!

A close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

The Best Toppings

Once the pizza dough is baked, cover it in whatever toppings you like best on either cheeseburgers or pizza. Really anything can be added or substituted in this recipe.

  • Sauces: pizza sauce, barbecue sauce, mustard, ketchup, or mayo
  • Meat: ground beef, bacon
  • Veggies: green or red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, or lettuce
  • Herbs: Chili pepper or flakes, dried oregano, basil, or garlic
  • Others: Pickled habaneros, black olives, sweet sandwich pickles

A cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board.

To Make Cheeseburger Pizza

Now that you have your tasty toppings picked out let’s turn these simple ingredients into a tasty, crowd-pleasing dinner!

  1. Pre-bake the pizza dough and brown the ground beef with onion, garlic, and barbecue sauce (per recipe below).
  2. Top the dough with pizza sauce, ground beef mixture, and cheeses.
  3. Sprinkle with cooked bacon bits and drizzle with barbecue sauce and bake in a hot oven until cheeses are bubbling.

Allow it to rest for several minutes before cutting and serving. If your crowd has a large appetite, portion it out into servings of double cheeseburger pizza to play up the burger angle.

Top with your favorite hamburger toppings; a slice of tomato, onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, a drizzle of ketchup.

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Other Delicious Sides

Cheeseburger pizza is perfect for casual entertaining or busy weeknights. You don’t need too many side dishes to complete the presentation. Think fresh, crunchy veggies to cut through the cheesy, meaty richness. Broccoli slaw, cucumber salad or arugula salad with berries will provide the welcome contrast you might be craving after a few bites of cheeseburger pizza.

If it’s a special occasion, delight your guests with a fancy beverage such as white sangria, or strawberry lemonade. Or, keep your presentation and preparation fresh and unfussy by offering a simple pitcher of lemon water.

How to Reheat It

Leftover cheeseburger pizza can be refrigerated for up to four days.

  • In the oven: Wrap in foil to prevent the crust from burning and pop in a pre-heated 350°F oven for about minutes.
  • In the microwave: The crust will be soggy, but the taste will still be sensational! If you want to crisp up the crust, then place it on a rack over a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes after reheating.

More Fun Pizza Recipes

Cheeseburger Pizza

Top it with all of your favorite cheeseburger toppings for a family favorite meal!

  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough ((or homemade dough for one 12" pizza))
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • mustard and pickles for garnish ((optional))
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Unroll dough onto a parchment-lined pan and bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned.

  2. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add in 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and cook until thickened (about 3 minutes).

  3. Spread pizza sauce over dough. Top with ground beef mixture and mozzarella cheese.

  4. Add red onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Drizzle with remaining barbecue sauce.

  5. Turn the oven up to 450°F. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

  6. Cut into 8 slices and garnish with your favorite burger toppings (mustard, pickles, ketchup).

Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza
Close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.
Top image - cheeseburger pizza sliced on a cutting board, bottom image - close up of a slice of cheeseburger pizza.

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice – YES please!!

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice.
Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

My poke bowl obsession runs as deep as my sushi obsession and I am not alone! In the past year or two, New York has exploded with poke bowl restaurants from the NYC to the end of Long Island. But the great news, it’s just as easy to make from scratch! More recipes like this spicy tuna poke bowl you may like are Ahi Poke Bowls with Mango, California Shrimp Stacks and California Spicy Crab Stuffed Avocados.

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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies.  This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep! 

Make this skillet in a variety of ways! If you love the mixture of cajun, shrimp and vegetables try this Cajun shrimp and sausage veggie skewers, cajun shrimp and sausage vegetable sheet pan or cajun shrimp and sausage vegetable foil packet.

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Summertime and getting into a swimsuit reminds me that I have got baby weight to lose.

Now that our sweet girl is six weeks old, I can focus on myself now.  Working out and eating better to lose the extra pounds.

I was a lot more careful with this last pregnancy gaining weight, so I don’t have a ton to lose.  But I can’t wait to start feeling better about myself and fitting in my pre-pregnancy jeans again.

I love creating easy meals that are healthy and full of flavor.  Since I don’t have a lot of time with a newborn, I love when I can create a meal that is ready in no time at all.

This one just happens to be ready in about 20 minutes!  This is a great family meal, but I actually used it for meal prep.

It is delicious served over some brown rice, or quinoa and the cajun flavor is my favorite.

What you need to make cajun shrimp and sausage skillet

Shrimp and sausage go so well together!

You can use pork or chicken sausage in this and I love how delicious it makes this meal.

Cajun seasoning is one of my all time favorites and packs in delicious spices and a little bit of heat.

It is perfect for adding flavor to this quick and easy meal.

  • Large shrimp- large or jumbo is best. Tail on and frozen.
  • Sausage- either pork or chicken tastes best.
  • Zucchini- medium size
  • Yellow squash- medium size
  • Asparagus- bunch
  • Red bell pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning 

Shrimp: 

I prefer the larger of the shrimp so I have that added flavor and taste to go along with my fresh vegetables.

The most common types of shrimp found in markets are pink or white shrimp, both are great to use in this recipe.

Make sure to select a large shrimp, look for 16 to 20 count (or pieces) per pound. This will ensure that the shrimp does not overcook quickly when sauteed.

Large size shrimp also gives a nice two-bite piece for a heartier entree. Feel free to remove the tails to make it easier to eat.

Vegetables:

Garden fresh is the best way to make this skillet. It always tastes better fresh and you can’t go wrong mixing zucchini and squash together.

Asparagus and bell peppers add that crunchy texture

Seasoning:

Cajun seasoning has become my go-to spice it up seasoning. I love the flavor and how much it adds to a simple, basic meal.

You go from normal to BAM in one second when adding cajun seasoning.

Not only does it add great flavoring but it also shows in your cooking and you can see the colorful changes in the skillet.

Cajun seasoning is made up of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, oregano, and thyme.

Add some kick and flavoring with this cajun seasoning.

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet 2

How do you make cajun shrimp and sausage skillet?

I included my favorite summer veggies.

Zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, and red bell pepper.

It makes it a complete meal in one.  This is the perfect flavorful meal and helps you stay on track.

It is such a delicious and easy low carb option and I don’t get sick of eating it throughout the week!

If you are looking for a healthy and flavorful meal that is so incredibly easy, be sure to give this one a try!

  1. Combine: Start by adding the shrimp, sausage, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, bell pepper and salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add: Next, add olive oil and cajun seasoning and toss until coated.
  3. Add: Then add step 1 and 2 to a large skillet and turn to medium high heat.
  4. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the shrimp is pink and the vegetables are tender.
  5. Server Immediately: Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet 3

 

What to serve with cajun shrimp and sausage

Tips about sausage

This is a perfect 30 minute, one-pan meal! Even better, the clean up is a breeze! Less dishes to do equals more time with family around the dinner table!

  1. Frozen shrimp can also be used, run them under cool water until the ice melts, or defrost them the night before and drain well.
  2. If you are not a fan of shrimp or sausage. You can substitute it for chicken or tofu.
  3. This is best served immediately after being made.

Are you a cajun fan?! Here are more cajun friendly meals:

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet 4

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies. This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!

  • 1 pound large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 14 ounce pork or chicken sausage (sliced)
  • 2 medium sized zucchini (sliced)
  • 2 medium sized yellow squash (sliced)
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus (sliced into thirds)
  • 2 red bell pepper (chopped into chunks)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  1. In a large bowl add the shrimp, sausage, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, bell pepper and salt and pepper. Add olive oil and cajun seasoning and toss until coated.

  2. Add to a large skillet and turn to medium high. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the shrimp is pink and the vegetables are tender.

  3. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve immediately.

[b]Alyssa Also Recommends:

Want to make this even easier? Here are a few products that I LOVE: Cast Iron Skillet
•Utopia Kitchen Cooking Knives
•The Recipe Critic Apron

 

 

Creamy Asparagus Soup – full of fresh flavors!

Creamy Asparagus Soup is a great way to indulge in the sweet, tender stalks of asparagus that are everywhere right now. Made with fresh asparagus, heavy cream and sprinkled with parmesan cheese this soup is delicious served hot or cold! 

Vegetable soups, like creamy tomato or cauliflower soup, are a great way to use fresh farmer’s market, supermarket, or maybe even your own garden vegetables.

Close up of a bowl of creamy asparagus soup.

What’s in Asparagus Soup?

The asparagus itself is the real star here, just a few blending ingredients like chicken broth, cream, and some butter make the base savory. A dash of seasonings bring out the full flavors whether it’s served hot or cold!

If asparagus is not as plentiful, simply add some boiled and pureed russet potatoes to the asparagus soup at the end and mix well.

Two images showing asparagus and onions in a pot before and after adding soup stock.

To Make Asparagus Soup…

This is no ordinary canned cream of asparagus soup. It’s loaded of fresh ingredients and full of flavor!

  1. Prep: Wash and trim the last inch off each asparagus spear. Pat dry and then cut each stalk into ½ inch pieces.
  2. Cook: Cook onion & garlic in butter (per recipe below) until tender and fragrant. Add asparagus and cook until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover and let cook until asparagus is soft.
  3. Puree: Using an immersion blender, puree the soup in the pot until it is completely smooth. If potatoes are used, this is the time to puree those in as well! Stir in the cream and lemon juice.

Serve hot garnished with parmesan cheese or a slice of garlic bread to soak up every last drop!

Two images showing Asparagus being blended into a creamy soup consistency.

How To Reheat Asparagus Soup

Reheating asparagus soup is a snap when using the microwave or stovetop. Make sure it is fully mixed and heat on low to avoid overcooking the cream. Adjust the seasonings!

This would be a good time to top with some parmesan croutons or deep fried onion pieces to give it a little more flavor!

Creamy asparagus soup with croutons on top.

Can It Be Frozen?

Asparagus soup is cream based and cream-based soups don’t freeze well so if you’re going to freeze this soup, freeze a portion before adding the cream! Simply defrost, reheat and add a splash of cream before serving.

More Delicious Creamy Soups

Creamy Asparagus Soup

This asparagus soup is fresh, creamy, and full of flavor!

  • 1 1/2 lb asparagus (trimmed and washed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth ((not low sodium))
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or to taste)
  • parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
  1. Cut asparagus into 1/2″ pieces.
  2. Cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat until tender. Add asparagus and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth, salt & pepper. Cover and let simmer 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is softened.
  4. Using a hand blender, puree soup until smooth. Stir in cream and lemon juice.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

 

A white bowl of creamy asparagus soup.
A white bowl of creamy asparagus soup.
Top image is a white bowl of creamy asparagus soup. Bottom image shows the asparagus cut and ready to cook in a pot.

Basil Oil

Making basil oil is so simple, trust me you’ll want to drizzle it all over your chicken, fish, tomatoes, vegetables or with some crusty bread!

Making basil oil is so simple and the end result is so amazing, trust me you’ll want to drizzle it all over your chicken, fish, tomatoes, vegetables or just eat it with some crusty bread! 
Basil Oil

Every summer my garden is overflowing with fresh basil which we often use in tomato salad, pesto, bruschetta, or to make this simple basil oil that’s delicious on EVERYTHING!! And because it’s just 5 ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, garlic and basil, salt and crushed red pepper flakes – it’s naturally dairy-free, Whole30 approved and vegan.

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