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Inspiring Idea Shea Gallante purees buffalo mozzarella and a touch of the water it was packed in with olive oil to form a luxurious soup.Quick Take Grace Parisi adds pureed ricotta to an asparagus soup brightened with a zesty scallion-pistachio pesto. More Asparagus Recipes

Grace Parisi
July 2008

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total:
30 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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