Chilled Asparagus Soup with Goat Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped

Kosher salt

2 bunches asparagus, stems trimmed

2 Idaho potatoes, peeled and diced

2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Coat a large saucepan with olive oil. Add the onion, celery and garlic and bring to a medium heat. Season with salt and sweat until the vegetables are very soft and aromatic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tips from the asparagus and reserve. Cut the stalks of the asparagus into 1-inch lengths and add them to the pot. Sweat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and the stock. Taste for seasoning and add salt, if needed (it will). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. On a separate burner, bring a small pot of well salted water to a boil over high heat. Have a small bowl of well salted ice water on standby. Cook the asparagus tips in the boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove them from the boiling water and plunge them immediately into the ice water. When the tips are cool, remove them from the water, pat dry and reserve.
  4. In a blender or with an immersion blender, puree the asparagus stock mixture. Strain through a mesh strainer, if desired. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Chill.
  5. Garnish with the reserved asparagus tips and crumbled goat cheese. Springtime delicious!