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Asparagus Soup With Saffron

Type: Vegetables
Courses: Soup
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

4 1/2 cups 1066mlVegetable or chicken broth - (to 5 cups)
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlCrumbled saffron threads
1/3 cup 78mlShelled pistachios or pine nuts
3 1/2 lbs 1589g / 56ozAsparagus
2 lbs 908g / 32ozOnions - chopped fine (medium)
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozButter
1 1/2 cups 355mlCubed potatoes - (1/2" cubes)
1/2 cup 118mlDry white wine
1/2 cup 20g / 0.7ozFresh flat-leaf parsley leaves - (packed)
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil and remove pan from heat. Stir saffron into hot broth and steep, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.  In a dry heavy skillet toast nuts over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant. Chop nuts.

Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips separately. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water blanch tips 2 minutes, or until crisp tender, and transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain tips well and pat dry.

In a 4-quart kettle, cook the onion in the butter until golden. Add the asparagus pieces and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the potatoes, saffron infusion, 4 cups broth, and wine and simmer, covered until vegetables are very tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.

In a blender or food processor puree mixture in batches until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). In kettle stir together puree and enough of remaining broth to reach desired consistency. Add half of asparagus tips and bring soup to a simmer. While soup is heating, chop parsley. Season soup with pepper and salt.  Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining asparagus tips, nuts, and parsley.

COOKING LIVE with Sara Moulton - Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine - From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # CL-9102 broadcast 04-07-1998) - Downloaded from their Web-Site -


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