Edit ModuleShow Tags

FreshTartSteph Recipe: Asparagus Soup with Pecans & Brown Butter


Published:

Stephanie Meyer

Asparagus is of course one of spring's best treats. Whether steamed, roasted, or sauteed, everyone adores asparagus snuggled up to eggs or salty ham or even better, both! But my personal favorite is butttery asparagus, especially showered with toasted nuts. This soup puts a good amount of asparagus to creamy use, with brown butter and pecans to gild the lily. A squeeze of lemon and fresh chives keep the gilding in check.

A soup this silky smooth and pretty seems fussy or even fancy, but it's really quite simple to pull together, 30 minutes from start to finish. Given that temps are reaching 90 degrees today, you could eat it chilled with a dollop of Greek yogurt or creme fraiche, with a crisp salad (that includes salty ham and/or a soft-cooked egg!) and welcome spring in style.
 

Asparagus Soup with Pecans & Brown Butter

Serves 4

2 1/2 lbs. asparagus spears
6 Tbsp. butter, divided
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. minced shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 leeks, pale green & white parts only, sliced thin
sea salt
4 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. heavy cream (optional)
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (or more, to taste)
2 Tbsp. minced chives
1 c. coarsely chopped pecans

Trim the woody ends from the asparagus spears. Cut the tips from the spears, reserving 1 cup of spears in a small bowl. Cut the remaining asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.

Heat 2 Tbsp. of butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot. When butter is hot, add asparagus, shallots, garlic, and leeks, along with a generous pinch of salt, and saute until vegetables are beginning to soften, about 10 minutes.

Add stock to vegetables and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer until vegetables are just tender, about 15 minutes.

Puree the soup in a blender, in batches, with cream. Return soup to pot, stir in lemon juice and salt to taste. Keep warm.

Heat remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and toast until both the pecans and butter are browned. With a slotted spoon, transfer pecans to a plate and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Add reserved asparagus tips to pan and saute, over medium heat, until warmed through and a bit browned, about 4 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with pecans, chives, and spoonfuls of asparagus spears, drizzling a bit of the butter onto the soup as well. Serve immediately.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Three Things to Eat: Feb. 20-26

Food critic Joy Summers reflects on Sunday's Cochon 555 event and offers the best places to get a taste of the chef's pork dishes

Mix it Up for National Margarita Day!

Celebrated every year on February 22, National Margarita Day is good reason to raise a glass with a favorite cocktail

The Porkiest Pork Fest In Town: Cochon555

This Sunday you can sample dishes from 5 local chefs who will compete for the title of "Prince of Porc"
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

TC Taste answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the TC Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent TC Taste Posts

Three Things to Eat: Feb. 20-26

Food critic Joy Summers reflects on Sunday's Cochon 555 event and offers the best places to get a taste of the chef's pork dishes

Mix it Up for National Margarita Day!

Celebrated every year on February 22, National Margarita Day is good reason to raise a glass with a favorite cocktail

The Porkiest Pork Fest In Town: Cochon555

This Sunday you can sample dishes from 5 local chefs who will compete for the title of "Prince of Porc"

Valentine’s Day at Café Alma and Tullibee

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge recommend these hot new hotel restaurants in the Twin Cities

Dark Chocolate Ripple Pound Cake Recipe

Share the love with an easy-to-make yet indulgent chocolate cake
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags