I grew up loving asparagus -- from collecting it, cleaning it, to eating it. But we only ever ate it the one way (boiled, add salt and butter). So when I came across a recipe in 365 Favorite Brand Name Slow Cooker Recipes (and it's not a slow-cooker recipe, go figure) for an asparagus soup, I was leary. But it turned out so rich and delicious and easy that I had to keep it!
Trim off coarse ends of asparagus. Cut asparagus into 1" pieces. Combine asparagus and 1 cup broth in medium saucepan; cook 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Melt butter in large saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in flour. Gradually add remaining 2-1/2 cups broth; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Stir in cream, seasonings, and cooked asparagus with liquid. Heat thoroughly.