Creamy Asparagus Soup


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  1. 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  2. 1 pound pencil-thin asparagus, tips reserved and stalks cut into 1-inch lengths
  3. 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
  4. 1 pound fresh ricotta (2 cups)
  5. Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  6. 1/4 cup salted roasted pistachios
  7. 2 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  8. 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil. Add the asparagus tips and cook just until bright green, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tips to a plate. Add the onion to the saucepan. Cover and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus stalks and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the onion and asparagus stalks to a blender. Add the ricotta and puree until smooth and creamy, adding a bit of the broth to loosen the puree. Return the puree to the saucepan; stir well and season with salt and white pepper. Add the reserved asparagus tips and simmer the soup until just heated through.
  3. Meanwhile, in a mini chopper, pulse the pistachios, scallions, vinegar and oil to form a coarse paste. Season with salt and white pepper. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls and swirl in a bit of the scallion-pistachio pesto.
Make Ahead
The soup and pesto can be refrigerated separately for up to 2 days.