This elegant soup is perfect to make when asparagus comes into season in spring. It can be served hot or very well chilled.
|2 lb (900 g) asparagus|
|2 oz (50 g) butter|
|1 medium onion, finely chopped|
|1 slightly rounded tablespoon plain flour|
|1¾ pints (1 litre) hot chicken stock|
|5 fl oz (150 ml) double cream or creme fraiche|
|salt and freshly milled black pepper|
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This recipe comes from The Delia Collection: Soup
Prepare the asparagus by cutting away and discarding the tough, stringy white ends of the stalks, reserve 12 asparagus tips to garnish the soup, then chop the green parts of the rest of the asparagus into 1 inch (2.5 cm) lengths.
Next, melt the butter in a large saucepan over a gentle heat and cook the chopped onion in it for 5 minutes, keeping the heat low to prevent the onion colouring.
Stir the asparagus into the melted butter and onion, then put a lid on and let it sweat for about 10 minutes, giving it a stir now and then. Sprinkle in the tablespoon of flour, stir again to soak up the juices and add the hot chicken stock, a little at a time, stirring after each addition.
When all the stock is in, bring to simmering point, season with salt and freshly milled black pepper and keeping the heat low, let the soup barely simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes.
Now you need to let the soup cool a little, then pour it into a blender and blend in batches (a large bowl is helpful here). Taste to check the seasoning.
Finally, stir in the double cream or creme fraiche and the reserved asparagus tips.
Re-heat gently for 3-4 minutes and serve very hot in warm soup bowls or alternatively, cool and chill thoroughly before serving in chilled bowls.
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The marriage of asparagus and hollandaise was quite definitely made in heaven, and it seems sad to me that 'health' issues should bring about a divorce. Therefore I have set out to lighten the sauce somewhat by the addition of stiffly beaten egg whit
This is a wonderfully easy lunch or supper dish and has all the flavours that go so well with asparagus - cheese and eggs. Vegetarians can use a vegetarian parmesan-style cheese here.
Sometimes the idea of the simpler the better makes for cooking success and never more so than in this pared-down recipe for asparagus that would make the most brilliant starter or lunch dish.
This is an excellent way to turn 8 oz (225 g) of asparagus stalks into a substantial supper dish for two people. Vegetarians might like to know that a vegetarian parmesan-style cheese is available from www.bookhamcheese.co.uk
Asparagus should be enjoyed as often as possible during its short season and this is one of the finest ways of doing so: a risotto made from asparagus, broad beans, spring onions and chives – a real taste of early summer.
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