May Food Festival: Serving up Spring with Asparagus

Asparagus

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TRUFFLE ASPARAGUS SOUP

By Shaquay Peacock, Venue Chef

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 3 bunches asparagus, bottoms removed, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cups baby spinach

  • 1 ½ -2 quarts vegetable stock

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon white truffle oil (plus more for garnish)

  • Salt and pepper

Procedure 

  1. In a large stockpot on medium heat add olive oil, onion, garlic and celery. Sauté for 3 minutes or until onions and garlic appear translucent.

  2. Add asparagus and thyme and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Pour in vegetable stock and season with salt and pepper. Cook uncovered on a medium-low simmer for 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

  4. Once vegetables are tender, add cream, spinach and truffle oil. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender until smooth.

  5. Adjust seasoning and divide into bowls, drizzle with oil, and serve hot.

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