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Plant-based Cream of Asparagus Soup ala Twyla

Cream of Asparagus Soup


  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cups Flageolet beans (cooked)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • Juice of one lime or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste or no salt seasoning


  1. Use water or broth to sauté onions and garlic and cook until onions are translucent about 7 minutes.
  2. Add asparagus, beans and vegetable broth. (See other add variations). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until asparagus is tender.
  3. Transfer soup to a blender (this may have to be done in batches) and blend until smooth. Or use an immersion blender for desired consistency.
  4. Return to heat and stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  5. Various toppings:  parsley, ground flax/chia seeds, Mary’s crackers, Flaxers, GF croutons, pumpkin seeds, riced cauliflower, non-dairy sour cream

Variations:  ADD during the peas/potatoes/rice/broccoli/cauliflower/

Delicious on baked potatoes, served over rice, served in a bread bowl, etc.  

Steveas Ham Bone Healthy Soup by Chili Smith

Note – This soup can be made with any Chili Smith Heirloom bean, and with or without meat.

Meat and Beans:

  • 1 pound Chili Smith Christmas Lima heirloom beans – presoak 8 – 12 hours in clear water – no salt or seasoning.Rinse and place in heavy bottom pot or pressure cooker with ham bone, ham shanks, ham hocks (or lamb!)
  • 1 quart water – make sure beans are covered
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – Garlic, Lemon Pepper, Oregano, Cumin, Dry Mustard, Salt and Paprika
  • Bring to boil or to 10 pounds pressure and reduce heat to simmering. Cook until tender – approximately 2 hours traditional or 15 – 20 minutes pressure While that is cooking…

Soup and Veggies:

  • Large heavy bottom pot – heat
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Olive Oil – we like chipotle infused
  • 1 cup each diced sweet and red onion
  • 1 diced shallot

    Lift onions and mix with oil – cook until translucent

  • 1 each – Turnip, Yam and Sweet Potato– peeled and diced in 1” cubes or smaller
  • 2 cups – Summer Squash – I like the already prepared from Mann or Raley’s
  • Lift from bottom of pot to coat with onion/oil mix – WHEN all oil is absorbed…
  • 1 cup Organic Vegetable Broth – OR – beer – we like whatever is local…
  • Stir well and cover and allow steaming for five minutes…
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – stirred into 1 cup additional broth – add to veggies and allow to come back to boiling
  • Cook at simmer until veggies are getting softer – NOT – fully cooked…
  • 1 medium (303 size) diced tomatoes in sauce – add entire can and sauce to pot and stir
  • Allow to return to simmer, stir well, cover and shut off until beans and meat are ready…


  • Add meat and beans to soup pot – aren’t you glad you got a BIG one now? – and turn gently from bottom.
  • Bring back to simmer and allow to gently cook for 15 minutes or more until everything is ready!
  • Add a little moisture – water or broth – if needed
  • DO NOT overcook!


It is ready to eat and will be delicious now, but will be even better after is has chilled and rested in the refrigerator overnight.


Sour cream, Corn or Tortilla Chips, Diced Green Onions or jalapeños, Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded and excellent with fresh Cornbread…


Freezes very well or can be refrigerated for several days for ‘grab and heat’ quickie meals.

Ann’s Delicious Veggie Soup Recipe


  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves (chopped well or I use Garlic cubes from Trader Joes. You can find them in the freezer section. Makes it very easy.)
  • 2 Basil cubes (Trader Joes)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 whole carrots (Halved and chopped)
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • Fresh green beans (Can also use frozen)
  • 2 medium whole Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 medium yellow squash (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked Chili Smith Runner Cannellini
  • 2 – 3 Quarts Organic Veggie broth (I use Trader Joes)
  • 1 bottle of your Favorite Pasta sauce ( I use Arrabiata sauce from Trader Joe’s for an extra kick)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil
  • A handful of Kale (chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • Red wine (At least a cup, if not more..)`


  1. On medium heat, heat Olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add garlic and basil and sauté for about a minute. Add salt.
  3. Add onion and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add carrots and celery, mix and sauté for another minute or two.
  5. Add entire bottle of pasta sauce and red wine, turn heat up to medium-high and let simmer for about 3 minutes to burn off alcohol.
  6. Add veggie broth (start with two quarts. If you want more broth, add more)
  7. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Return heat to medium.
  8. Add Runner Cannelini beans and peas. Let simmer about 2 minutes.
  9. Add zucchini, squash, and kale. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  10. Turn heat off and let stand for a ½ hour to an hour.
  11. You can eat it alone, or with a nice salad. Also tastes great with a slice of gluten-free bread.

*This is one of those dishes that taste the best the next day, or even the day after that when all the spices have had the chance to marinate and get to know each other well. I sincerely hope you enjoy!

*The longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes. This soup is best on the 2nd and 3rd day!

Beans And Greens Soup by Chili Smith


  • 1 pound pinto beans, sorted, washed and soaked in water for 12 hours (We recommend our Eye Of the Goat)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke flavoring (optional)
  • 4 cup finely chopped kale, chard, collards or mustard greens, cooked
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbs cider vinegar
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt or sour cream (Can use a vegan Sour cream)


Drain soaked beans and place in a heavy, deep, non-aluminum pan. Add garlic, onion, cumin seed, red pepper flakes and enough water to cover by 2”. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer and cook, covered, about 1 – 1 ½ hours. Add more water as needed. Stir often and cook until beans are tender.

Using about half the bean mixture, carefully purée in blender. Return to pot with other beans. Add cilantro and smoke flavoring. Continue to cook for 10 – 15 minutes, covered. If necessary, add water or chicken broth or veggie broth to thin soup. Cook greens as directed on package. Toss greens with olive oil and stir into soup with salt and vinegar to taste. To serve, season with ground pepper. Spoon hot soup into bowls and top with ½ c. chopped tomatoes and a tablespoon of yogurt or sour cream.

Serves 8: (1 ½ c. servings)

Prep time: 2 hours

Per serving: cal 279, fat 5 g, sat fat 1 g, % cal from fat 16%, pro 15 g, carbo 46 f, chol 0, fiber 16.5 g, sod. 340 mg