Velouté d’Asperges (Cream of Asparagus Soup)

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This soup can be made with either green or white asparagus. If you use the white ones, make sure you peel them well.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. asparagus
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 8 leaves fresh chervil (or parsley)

Directions

  • Peel the asparagus (only slightly if you’re using green asparagus), cut off about 2 inches of the tips, put them in a bowl, and reserve. Cut off the bottom of each asparagus (about 1") and discard. Then dice the rest of the asparagus spears.
  • Fill a large saucepan with water and chicken stock, bring to a boil over high heat, and add the diced asparagus and the asparagus tips. Boil for 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, take the diced asparagus and the tips out. Reserve in two different bowls. Remove saucepan with the remaining broth from heat.
  • Fill another saucepan with sour cream, and add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir well. The cream should reduce to about a third.
  • Pour the diced asparagus in a blender. Add one cup of the broth from the saucepan, and process until very smooth. Add the purée to the sour cream mixture whisk well, then simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time and making sure it never boils. Just before serving, warm the asparagus tips by stirring them in melted butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Serve in individual bowls, adding two chervil leaves and some asparagus tips on top of each bowl.