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Asparagus Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4

This colorful sauce will surprise you with its clean, delicious flavor and bright green color. Serve it with fresh crab or poached fish or as a sauce for cheese tortellini or pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 cups 1" pieces of asparagus (be sure not to use the bottom part of the asparagus which is tough and fiberous)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2-3 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 cup clean spinach leaves
  • 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Place onion, garlic, asparagus, water and a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce contents to a rapid simmer and let cook until asparagus is soft when pierced with a fork (about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove pot from the heat and tear up 2 pieces of the bread and add them to the pot.
  4. Allow the bread to absorb the liquid for about 5 minutes.
  5. Puree the contents of the pot using a hand or standard blender. If the sauce seems too thin add the third piece of bread and allow it to soak for a few minutes before pureeing everything together.
  6. Add the spinach and puree again until everything is smooth.
  7. Strain the sauce through a large meshed sieve and add the lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste.

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