1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 1/2 in pieces
1 leek, sliced
6 cups water
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped
2 1/2 tbs. long grain white rice
Salt and pepper taste
1/2 tbs. lemon juice
- In a large stockpot, combine the water or stock, asparagus ends and separated leek greens. Heat over low heat and allow to simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- In a medium saute pan, heat the butter and oil. Add the leek ‘whites’, onion and rice and cook until the onion begins to color (about 8 minutes). Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook 10 more minutes.
- Strain the stock of the asparagus and leek ends and return to the stockpot. Add the contents of the saute pan to the strained stock along with the asparagus middles and partially cover the pot. Cook 12 more minutes.
- Transfer soup to a food processor and puree. Strain this back into the stockpot. Season and add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Meanwhile, drop the asparagus tips into boiling salted water and cook until tender (about 4 minutes). Serve the soup with a few asparagus tips on top for garnish.
2 tbs. unsalted butter
2 cups, washed, dried and chopped mustard greens
2 tbs. vegetable broth, or as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
- Trim leeks so that about 1 1/2 inches of green leaves remain, and slice the leeks in half lengthwise. Separate leaves and pull the leeks apart to rinse away any dirt and sand in the layers, then chop leeks into 1 1/2-inch pieces.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the leeks until they begin to separate and soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in mustard greens, and pour in enough chicken broth to just cover the bottom of the pan and prevent leeks from browning. Cook the leeks and mustard greens until the greens turn bright green and start to soften, another 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt andblack pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.