This soup can be consumed as a savory and cold panna cotta or a warm traditional soup. It has the elusive but delicious flavors of asparagus and (in the background) calabasa squash, and not much else.
- 1 bunch of green asparagus (500 g. or 1 pound)
- 3 small calabasa squash
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 4 ounces of fresh goat cheese
- Spices: 1/4 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of red Aleppo pepper, a dash of black pepper
- Boil the asparagus and the squash for 5 to 7 minutes or until a knife inserted in comes out easily. Drop into a bowl of icy water and drain well. Reserve part of the cooking water.
- Place the asparagus (keep a few to use for a garnish) and the squash in the food processor; add 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water and purée the mixture until smooth; add the cream, spices, goat cheese, and purée some more until very smooth; taste and adjust seasoning.
- Now if you want to serve warm, you are done. If you wish to serve this as a panna cotta, place the cream back on the stove, sprinkle .1 ounce (4 grams or 2 teaspoons) of agar-agar on the surface and start stirring. When the mixture steams, keep stirring for 2 minutes then set aside. Pour into ramequins or small bowls, garnish with the asparagus spears and let cool. When at room temperature, refrigerate covered until firm, about 2 hours. Serve cold.