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When asparagus is in season you simply must make this soup. The rather exotic, bitter-tasting asparagus pairs amazingly well with the fresh, clean flavor of cilantro.
What to buy: Look for tamari, a Japanese version of soy sauce that is often wheat-free, in the Asian section of your supermarket. If you can’t find it, substitute low-sodium soy sauce.
Game plan: The soup and uncooked asparagus tips will keep for 2 days, covered separately and refrigerated.
Beverage pairing: Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. When you hear asparagus, you can think New Zealand. The asparagus flavor is not directly in this wine, but there are hints of it, as well as other fresh green herbs. It’s all held together by a spry citrus brightness and firm acidity.