When It Snows in April

Here in Chicago, no one knows if its spring or winter. One day we have 50-degree sun and the next we have 30-degree snow. Frankly, I’m tired of getting my hopes of grilling and wearing  lighter jackets up only to relapse back into the season of winter coats and snow scrapers. Because, what do you cook when it snows in April? Our minds want lighter menus full of fresh spring vegetables like asparagus and spinach while our bodies need warmth and hearty dishes like soup. Lucky for us and for global warming, I was able to find a recipe that compromises:  Asparagus Medley Soup. It’s perfect for snow in April!

See this recipe and more odd spring weather recipes after the jump!

Asparagus Medley Soup

Leeks and fresh dill add that little something to the taste of asparagus.


5 C. broth or water
1/4 C. uncooked brown rice
2 medium red potatoes, cubed small
1 large carrot, diced
2 Tbs. broth
2 leeks, washed and chopped
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. fresh dill or 1/4 tsp. dried
15 stalks fresh asparagus, sliced tough ends removed
2 C. chopped fresh spinach
2 C. milk
1 1/2 tsp. salt
pepper to season


Bring stock to a boil in a large pot. Add rice, potatoes, and carrots.
Cover and simmer about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, drizzle a very small amount of oil in a large skillet. Sauté the leeks, celery, and thyme till the vegetables are just softened. Add to the potatoes along with the asparagus and spinach. Add milk, salt and pepper. Simmer on low for 30 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Don’t boil the soup at this point. You can also make this same soup with broccoli or cauliflower instead of asparagus.

Need a guide to all things asparagus? Check out our Spring Ingredient Profile of Asparagus!

More Springtime Soup Recipes:
Italian White Bean and Spinach Soup
Springtime Almond Asparagus Soup
Spring Vegetable Bean Soup
Hearty Lentil Soup
Tomato Artichoke Soup

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  • http://healthy-delicious.com LK- Healthy Delcious

    omg, we got snow here in NY too- wtf, dude?! I made soup last night, but this with the asparagus looks like the best of both worlds- just because its snowing, doesn’t mean it isn’t spring!

  • http://dragonskitchen.blogspot.com Dragon

    We got snow here as well. :( This asparagus soup sounds amazing. Yum!

  • http://www.thehungrymouse.com The Hungry Mouse

    Sigh. Spring snow. I’m all set, thanks! This soup sounds just divine. :D


  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com Jessie

    Oh gosh new york has been having some wacky weather lately! I don’t know if it’s spring to winter is secretly posing as spring lol

  • Shirle W. Hyatt

    Sorry for your bad weather. Here in the Piedmont section of North Carolina, we have near perfect weather. All four beautiful seasons. This week-end is predicted to be in the low 80s. I cannot remember any snow in April.

  • http://thepinkpeppercorn.blogspot.com thepinkpeppercorn

    Funny…as I sit here on the couch seeing all the April snow outside!!! It was as if you’d read my mind!

  • http://N/A Alice Warren

    No snow in South GA. but did drop into the high 20′s last year (08) on Easter Sunday, and a lot of people lost everything they had planted that was coming up or had not covered.

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