Local Flavor-Filled Recipe
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Asparagus New Potato Soup
1 bunch of asparagus
6 cups of vegetable stock, light chicken stock or water
Fresh thyme and bay
1 pound new potatoes
1 cup cream
Snap off any rooty ends of the asparagus and simmer it in the stock with the thyme and bay. In a deep soup pot, stew the onions and potatoes in the olive oil and a little water. When the vegetables are very soft, strain the stock into the pot and bring it to a simmer.
Chop the asparagus roughly, reserving the tips to garnish the finished soup. Add the rest of the asparagus to the soup pot. Let the soup simmer for about 5 minutes until the asparagus is just tender. Do not overcook or you will loose freshness and color. Puree the soup and pass it through a sieve into a bowl. The soup should be dense but smooth. To get the right consistency, thin with additional water or stock. Finally, add the cream.
Cut the reserved asparagus tips in half lengthwise and parboil for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve the soup garnished with the asparagus tips. It can be served chilled or heated.