Thursday, September 23, 2010

Melt in Your Mouth Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese

After spending another Saturday morning watching the Foodnetwork, I was inspired to try this soup that Giada made for her "elegant dinner." She paired the soup with an awesome looking filet that I want to try out another time. I really enjoy soups and this one was super easy to make, delicious, and healthy. I kind of feel like my pal (well imaginary pal) Gwyneth Paltrow would definitely approve as it would be on her greens diet. My hubby, the omnivore, even approved saying, "it was really good for a healthy soup." The flavor of the goat cheese pairs perfect with the soup as it melts. I will warn you, your pee is going to stink really bad after this soup, but if you love asparagus you probably already knew that!

The soup is basically just these three ingredients, asparagus, leeks and basil plus chicken stock!


Goat cheese:
1/2 cup (4 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 pounds medium asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Special equipment: a 1/2-ounce cookie or ice cream scoop

Goat cheese: Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Using a fork, in a small bowl, combine the goat cheese and basil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a 1/2-ounce cookie scoop or a round tablespoon measure sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray, scoop the goat cheese into balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Soup: In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring constantly until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth, asparagus and basil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep the soup warm over low heat.

To serve: Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish with the herbed goat cheese.

Cook's Note: The soup can also be pureed by ladling, in batches, into a food processor or blender and blended until smooth

Print this recipe HERE


California Wife said...

YUM! This sounds absolutely amazing, I'm adding this to my recipe file ASAP!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

Ohhhh...I love Ina & Gwennie (she and I share a bday so we're BFFs, too). I LOVE asparagus and usually have it roasted a lot but I'd like to try this.

Cindy said...

Sounds delish!! How did it turn out?