Asparagus, Lemon, and Mint Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1hard-boiled egg, chopped
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Cut tips from 6 asparagus spears, about 1 1/2 inches from the top; reserve for garnish later. Chop the remaining asparagus into chunks.

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  • Step 2

    Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat; cook and stir shallot in the hot oil until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chopped asparagus; season with mint, salt, and pepper. Cook until asparagus are slightly tender, about 3 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Pour chicken stock into asparagus mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until asparagus are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in lemon zest.

  • Step 4

    Blend soup using a hand blender or a food processor until smooth.

  • Step 5

    Bring a small pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook asparagus tips in the boiling water until just turning bright green, about 2 minutes. Strain asparagus tips and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Garnish soup with asparagus tips and hard-boiled egg.

  • Cook's Note:

    You may substitute a leek for the shallot, if desired.

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