(Web Exclusive) Round 2 Recipe: Cream of Asparagus Soup

Total Time:
17 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Leftover asparagus stems from 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 can cream of potato soup
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Asparagus and Tomato Tart:
  • 1 (9-inch) frozen pie crust
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus tips, reserve stems for Round 2 Recipe
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained well, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Directions

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Add the oil to a medium pot and heat over medium heat. Add onions and asparagus stems and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and parsley and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 more minutes. *Carefully pour into a blender and puree, or puree using a hand blender. Pour back into pot through a fine mesh strainer and return the pot to medium heat. Whisk in the potato soup and the sour cream, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and serve.

When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Asparagus and Tomato Tart:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the frozen pie crust onto a baking sheet. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork and bake for 10 minutes.

Saute the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel. Add onion and asparagus tips to the skillet with the bacon fat and saute until tender, approximately 5 minutes.

In a large bowl whisk together ricotta, milk and eggs. Add parsley, half the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add asparagus and onion mixture and combine well. Pour egg mixture into the prepared crust.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until filling has set and the tart is lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

In a small bowl, toss the remaining tomatoes with the basil, balsamic vinegar and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve as garnish for tart.

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