Saturday, April 24, 2010


GOOP is Gwyneth Paltrow's website. One of her sections is called MAKE and focuses on culinary delights, her website is one of my favourites and in my inspiration list. This weeks email had a delicious recipe featuring spring favourites - asparagus. Here is their recipe for asparagus soup - a delicious spring soup, light and refreshing! It can be served cold or warm, it is a wonderfully versatile soup.

Asparagus Soup: 

- 1.2 lbs. bunch Asparagus (reserve the tip)
- 1 small onion peeled
- 1 clove
- 1 carrot peeled
- 8 oz. crème fraiche
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Pinch of grated nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste

- Rinse the asparagus, cut and discard the end of the spear
- Remove the asparagus tip and reserve
- Cut the stalk of each asparagus stalk into irregular pieces
- Bring 1 quart of water to a boil in a soup pot add the asparagus, the onion studded with a clove, and the peeled carrot, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until asparagus are really tender
- Bring a separate small pot to boil, add the asparagus tips and cook for approximately 4 minutes (Don’t overcook, watch the color, they should be bright green, and crunchy)
- When the tips are ready, rinse immediately under cold running water and reserve
- Separate onion and carrot from broth and discard. Put the broth and cooked asparagus stalks in a blender and process until smooth
- Pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, then put it back in the soup pot and simmer
- In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the processed stalks and slowly add the heavy cream
- Add the mixture to the soup and stir with a wooden spoon until the soup takes on the consistency of heavy cream
- Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste
- Put the soup in a bowl or plate and garnish with two or three asparagus tips
- Soup is good hot or cold depending of the weather

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