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Asparagus Soup


2 pounds fresh asparagus 11⁄2 tablespoons butter

2 cups chopped onion

1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 cups water (can use chicken or vegetable stock for more flavor)

2 cups hot milk

2 teaspoons dill

2 teaspoons tarragon Pinch of black pepper


1. Wash asparagus in cold water. Hold asparagus spear at the end of the stem and bend to break. Discard ends. Cut spears into 1-inch pieces, reserving tips.

2. Cook onion and asparagus pieces in butter and salt for 10 minutes over medium heat, in a pot. When the onions are transparent and soft, sprinkle in 2 tablespoons flour, stirring constantly for another 8-10 minutes. (The flour will help to thicken the soup)

3. Add water (or stock) and stir constantly until it boils, then lower heat to simmer. After 5 minutes, sprinkle in last tablespoon of flour, mix well. Cook for another 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Puree soup with hot milk in small batches in food processor or blender. Place pureed soup back into a pan. Season the puree with dill, tarragon, salt and pepper.

5. Add asparagus tips and heat soup gently. Do not boil.