5 ways to use asparagus

It's asparagus season, and we've got some helpful tips on how to prepare those tall, green stalks.

Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus spears. Place spears in a steamer basket over boiling water. Steam until tender and bright green, about 5 minutes.

All dressed
Steam asparagus as above. In a small bowl, combine 3 tbsp each olive oil and apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp grainy or Dijon mustard, plus pinches of salt and pepper. Drizzle over asparagus and serve immediately.

Souped up
In large deep pot, cook gently in 2 tbsp olive oil: 2 leeks (tough parts removed), 2 celery stalks and 1 onion, all cleaned and finely chopped. Add 8 cups chopped asparagus and 8 cups stock or broth. Simmer for 20 minutes, covered. Remove from heat; using a hand blender, purée until smooth. Return to pot and simmer for 5 minutes more, adding 1 cup grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese at end of cooking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This big-batch soup provides leftovers to freeze and reheat.

Tarted up
Puff pastry makes a happy home for asparagus. Try it in this Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart (pictured above).

Asparagus soldiers
Cook an egg in boiling water for 5 minutes, until soft-boiled. Remove from saucepan and place in an egg cup. Serve with 3 raw or lightly steamed (see first tip above) asparagus spears for dipping.

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