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Asparagus Puree

Use this simple puree to make Asparagus Risotto from chef Marco Canora's "Salt to Taste" cookbook. Photo credit: John Kernick

  • Yield: Makes enough for 6 to 8 servings
Asparagus Puree

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large bunch thin asparagus (about 20 stalks), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup spinach leaves


  1. Bring a small saucepan filled with water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice-water bath; set a medium bowl in ice-water bath and set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large shallow saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and reduce heat to low; cook, until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add asparagus; stir to coat.

  3. Add enough boiling water just to cover asparagus; let cook for 2 minutes. Drain asparagus mixture in a fine mesh strainer and transfer to bowl set in ice-water bath; let cool slightly.

  4. Transfer asparagus mixture to the jar of a blender along with spinach leaves. Add enough water just to blend; blend until smooth.

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