Martha Stewart Living, June 2003
Yield Makes about 10 cups
- 4 bunches pencil asparagus (about 4 pounds)
- 4 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for blanching water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 6 cups Chicken Stock Chicken Stock (http://www.marthastewart.com/285439/chicken-stock)
- Creme fraiche, for serving (optional)
- Trim the asparagus, discarding tough ends. Cut the tips from one bunch of asparagus; set aside. Cut the remaining asparagus into 1 1/2-inch lengths.
- Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add a large pinch of salt and the asparagus tips. Blanch for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to ice bath until cool. Drain well; set aside.
- In a medium stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the stock, and bring to a boil. Stir in the asparagus. Return to a boil, and cook, partially covered, until asparagus are tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Working in batches of no more than 2 cups, transfer to a blender, and puree. Cover lid with a kitchen towel, as hot liquid will expand when blended. As each batch is finished, pass through a medium sieve set over a clean container. Place in ice bath, and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cold. Taste, and adjust for seasoning. Garnish with asparagus tips and creme fraiche, if desired.
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