Asparagus Vichyssoise
© James Baigrie

Asparagus Vichyssoise

  • SERVINGS: 10

This creamy soup is best the next day, after the flavors have blended; season it generously before serving.

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  1. 2 pounds asparagus, tips reserved, stalks cut into 1-inch lengths
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  4. 1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  5. 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 1 large thyme sprig
  8. 1 1/2 cups milk
  9. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  11. Chive Oil, for serving
  1. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, blanch the asparagus tips until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain the asparagus tips in a colander and refresh under cold water. Pat dry, halve the tips lengthwise and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus stalks, potatoes, stock, water and thyme and  bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Discard the thyme sprig. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender, then transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the milk, salt and white pepper. Let the soup cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Ladle the soup into chilled bowls and drizzle with Chive Oil. Garnish with the asparagus tips and serve.
Make Ahead
The soup can be refrigerated for 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

A crisp, herbal Sauvignon Blanc with sassy fruit will complement the vegetables and spices in the soup and the salads that follow; try one from California.