Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This recipe is from a May 1978 Bon Apetit magazine and I've served it at several dinner parties as a first course. You may also serve it as a light main course, along with some crusty French bread, butter, a side salad, and a chilled white wine. You may also vary it by adding a touch of finely minced fresh dill or tarragon.
- 1 lb fresh asparagus
- 6 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade) or 6 cups broth (preferably homemade)
- 1⁄4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon curry powder (to taste)
- 1 cup heavy cream (whipping)
- fresh ground white pepper
- Remove and discard woody ends from asparagus stalks;scrape spears with a vegetable peeler.
- Cut off tips and reserve.
- Dice stalks and combine with stock in a 4- quart saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes, or until very tender.
- Cool, then puree in a blender or food processor; set aside.
- Melt butter over low heat in large heavy saucepan.
- Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in puree and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Add asparagus tips; cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until tips are tender.
- While soup is simmering, combine yolks,curry, and cream and miz thoroughly with a whisk.
- Add to soup and heat through but do not let boil.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper; serve hot.