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The freshness of a chilled spring vegetable soup is a delightful way to celebrate the season!  Cold Asparagus Soup with Roasted Shrimp certainly fits the bill!

cold asparagus soup with roasted shrimp

COLD ASPARAGUS SOUP WITH ROASTED SHRIMP

Top this Cold Asparagus Soup with Roasted Shrimp with Shaved Asparagus Nests for a fabulous holiday luncheon dish.

That’s exactly what I’m doing!  This lovely Spring soup will be part of my “French-Themed” Mother’s Day Luncheon this year.  

My plating choice was to make fun Shaved Asparagus Nests and then up the ante with the addition of roasted shrimp!  It’s truly worthy of a very special occasion meal.

 

FRESH SPRING VEGETABLES MAKE INCREDIBLE SOUPS

When you start out with a wonderful selection of fresh Spring vegetables, it’s hard not to make a delicious soup!

ingredients for cold asparagus soup with roasted shrimp

This recipe calls for two pounds of asparagus.  I know that seems like a lot, but when you are making Shaved Asparagus Nests too, you’ll see how fast it will be used up!

I love the combination of leeks, shallots and celery as the base of this soup.  The leeks and shallots don’t overpower the asparagus’ delicate flavor like onion might do.

Don’t worry about the cream in this recipe, as it is added at the end, and is used sparingly, I can assure you.  

 

HOW TO MAKE A CHILLED CREAMED VEGETABLE SOUP

You’ll want to be careful when blending the soup to a creamy and silky texture in your blender.  But otherwise, this soup is a snap to make and doesn’t take much time in the kitchen either.  The longest part of this recipe is the time it takes for the soup to chill in the refrigerator before serving!

 

First you’ll sweat the vegetables over medium-low heat to soften them and give them a chance to sweeten a bit.  The idea is to season and cook them, but make sure you don’t let them take on any color.  You don’t want your soup to be bitter or a strange color!

Next the wine is added and cooked off for a few minutes.  If you don’t want to use alcohol, just substitute some vegetable broth instead.  Personally, I really think that the wine gives this soup some of it’s individuality, and wouldn’t recommend skipping it if possible.

Then the asparagus and broth is added and cooked for about 10 minutes. After the mixture cools, you’ll process it in batches in a Vita-Mix type or immersion blender until silky and smooth.  Add the cream, adjust the seasonings and CHILL, BABY CHILL!

Wow, so you can see just how easy and unintimidating a creamy vegetable soup can be.  If you want to serve this soup hot, give it a gentle heating after you add the cream.  Same goes for serving it hot at a later time.  The soup will last in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.

Just before serving, I toss in a hefty tablespoon of freshly chopped chives to liven up the soup.  

Want to see a variation on plating your Cold Asparagus Soup with Roasted Shrimp?  Especially for serving as part of a buffet, “shooters” can be a lovely way to serve this soup.

 

cold asparagus soup with roasted shrimp

ROASTING SHRIMP & SHAVING ASPARAGUS

To make this recipe a bit more fancy for my Mother’s Day Luncheon, I chose to “gild the lily”.  Both Shaved Asparagus Nests and Roasted Shrimp add a ton of flair to the dish’s presentation and make it party-worthy.

For shaved asparagus, buy fat spears for the best results. I won’t lie to you, you’ll need to use a mandolin (carefully with the protective sleeve please!) or a very sharp long knife.

But, I found that once I got into the groove, it went pretty quickly. Each bowl will need about 4-5 strips each.  Some of your first tries might not be usable…  I speak from experience!

If you’re using a mandolin, start with the fat, trimmed end and finish with the tips.  I like to cut some of the tips off beforehand to add to the nests during plating.  I know, it’s cheating a little, but the results are lovely.

The strips will be blanched in the broth used for the soup, so they’re really not that much more trouble to do.

As for the shrimp garnish, it’s just a matter of giving them a fast dash into the oven while you’re making the soup. See, that takes only a bit of effort and no extra time at all!

 

cold asparagus soup with roasted shrimp

ASSEMBLING COLD ASPARAGUS SOUP WITH ROASTED SHRIMP

Here’s the rundown for plating your soup so it looks just like the ones in my pictures.

  1. Take asparagus, shrimp and soup out of refrigerator.
  2. Stir chopped fresh chives into soup and adjust seasonings. Whisk soup for 1 minute, making sure it’s well combined and emulsified.
  3. On a cutting board covered with plastic wrap, arrange the shaved asparagus strips into “nests”, about 2 inches in diameter.
  4. Fill bowls ¾ of the way full, using a small metal spatula, lift a “nest” and gently place in the center of each bowl of soup. Add two asparagus tips and one or two large shrimp to each bowl.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

NAN’S TIP: IF SERVING YOUR SOUP OUTDOORS, CHILL THE BOWLS FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE PLATING.

Want to see what else is on the menu of my Mother’s Day Luncheon?  Let’s check it out!

 

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON CELEBRATION  – A “French-Themed” Ladies Lunch

Celebrating Mother’s Day this year will be festive and delightfully delicious when hosting a “French-Themed” lunch to honor the mothers in your life.

mother's day luncheon buffet

Doesn’t the Cold Asparagus Soup with Roasted Shrimp look wonderful as part of this fabulous ladies luncheon menu?

Here’s what is on the menu of my fabulously French Mother’s Day Luncheon:

 

But what about dessert? You can’t have a bunch of gals together without serving dessert, right?

 

MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON – Desserts Are Mandatory!

Here’s the two desserts I chose to be the “sweet endings” to my fabulous Mother’s Day Luncheon.  I’ll serve both with an assortment of teas to wind down what is sure to be a lovely afternoon.

mother's day luncheon desserts

The first is a light and moist Pink Grapefruit Chiffon Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Yes, I know it’s PINK!

I finished the cake off with some delightful sugar flowers and leaves I purchased on Amazon last year.  They last forever if kept in a dry, dark and cool location. 

It turned out so lovely with three luscious layers, just aching for some White Chocolate Buttercreamchocolate grand marnier pots de creme Frosting.  Depending on the size of cake pan you use, you’ll have 2 or 3 layers, so you will need 6 whole cups of frosting for this cake.  (that’s exactly how much my recipe makes!)

 

WHAT’S A MEAL WITHOUT CHOCOLATE?

Now, for the second Mother’s Day Luncheon dessert, I knew any gaggle of women would be looking around, waiting for the chocolate to appear!  So as not to disappoint, I’ve also included a lovely Chocolate Grand Marnier Pots de Crème on the menu.  

It’s densely chocolate, with a hint of citrus that gives it a new level of sophistication.  In keeping with the party’s pink color-scheme, and the pink grapefruit cake, I garnished them with Candied Pink Grapefruit slices.  They are amazingly addictive, so be careful to save enough for your presentation!

I finished the Chocolate Grand Marnier Pots de Crème with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and fresh mint.  Don’t they look lovely? And they taste even better!

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cold asparagus soup with roasted shrimp

Cold Asparagus Soup with Roasted Shrimp

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 3 minutes

The freshness of a chilled spring vegetable soup is a delightful way to celebrate the season! Top with a Shaved Asparagus Nest and Roasted Shrimp for a fabulous holiday luncheon dish.

Ingredients

  • 12 large/extra-large shrimp, raw, peeled with tails on
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs. thick fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 24 oz. chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, sliced crosswise
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup white wine (not sweet)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Heaping Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped

Instructions

SHRIMP

  1. Preheat broiler on high.  Place shrimp in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1 tsp. oil to the bowl and toss shrimp to coat.  Add Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper, mixing to coat shrimp well.
  3. Lay seasoned shrimp on a rimmed baking pan and place under broiler.
  4. When first side has turned opaque, turn and cook until done.  They should take about 5 minutes total, depending on the size shrimp you use.
  5. Let shrimp cool, cover and chill until ready to plate your soup for serving.

SHAVED ASPARAGUS NESTS

  1. Only using half your 2 lbs. of trimmed asparagus spears, cut 12 tips off, about 2 inches long, and set aside.
  2. Using a mandolin or very sharp long-bladed knife, cut the spears into long, thin slices. 

3.  Place the stock into a large pot and bring to a low simmer.  Add the asparagus tips to the pot and cook for 1 minute. Add the shaved asparagus and cook for 1 minute more.  Carefully remove the tips and shaved asparagus from the pot with a spider or slotted spoon.  Let them drain on a paper towel.

4.   Gently straighten out all the shaved asparagus to their full lengths.  Cool completely and then cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to plate the soup.

SOUP

1.     Place a large and deep skillet over medium-low heat.  Add 2 tsp. oil and let heat up for 1 minute.  Add leeks, celery and shallots and stir to
combine. Season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring often until vegetables are softened, but not browned, about 5-7 minutes.

2.    Add wine and stir to combine.  Continue to cook until most of the wine has been evaporated, about 3-4 minutes.

3.     Cut raw trimmed asparagus into pieces and add to the skillet.

4.     Add the warm stock, cover and let cook for 10 minutes.

5.     Allow the mixture to cool completely before blending.

6.    With a Vitamix-style or immersion blender, process until mixture is smooth and silky.

7.    Stir in heavy cream and chill soup for at least 6 hours before serving.

ASSEMBLY

1.     Take asparagus, shrimp and soup out of refrigerator.

2.     Stir chopped fresh chives into soup and adjust seasonings.  Whisk soup for 1 minute, making sure it’s well combined and emulsified.

3.     On a cutting board covered with plastic wrap, arrange the shaved asparagus strips into “nests”, about 2 inches in diameter.

4.     Fill bowls ¾ of the way full, using a small metal spatula, lift a “nest” and gently
place in the center of each bowl of soup. Add two asparagus tips and one or two
roasted shrimp to each bowl.

5.     Serve immediately.

Notes

Chill bowls in refrigerator before filling is serving the soup outdoors.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 422Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 152mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 34g
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