Creamy Asparagus Soup With Seared Scallops

Recipe by Mimi Bobeck
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READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 2
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Snap off the tough stem ends from the asparagus spears.
  • Cut the tips, each about 2 inches long, off 4 spears.
  • Set the tips aside.
  • Chop the remaining asparagus into 1-inch pieces.
  • Bring a large pot two-thirds full of generously salted water to a boil over high heat.
  • Add the chopped asparagus and cook until bright green and just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon or long-handled strainer, transfer the asparagus to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.
  • When the asparagus is cool, drain and set aside.
  • In a heavy soup pot over medium heat, melt 3 Tbs of the butter.
  • When the butter is just hot, add the shallots and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the chopped asparagus and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the cream and stock.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Pass the soup through a chinois into a clean saucepan and keep warm over very low heat.
  • Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • In a small sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 1 Tbs butter.
  • When it is nearly smoking, add the scallops and cook until evenly browned and slightly translucent in the center, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Divide the scallops among 2 warmed soup bowls.
  • Add the reserved asparagus tips to the sauté pan and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes.
  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
  • Ladle the soup into the bowls, garnish with the asparagus tips and serve immediately.
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