Recipe courtesy of Family Circle Magazine

Asparagus with Orange-Saffron Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 28 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr 5 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed and stems peeled

1/4 cup chicken broth

5 threads saffron

1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

2 tablespoons orange juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise


  1. Cook asparagus in 1/2-inch lightly salted boiling water in large skillet for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool the asparagus in an ice-water bath. When cooled, drain and place on serving dish. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Bring chicken broth to boiling in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat; add the saffron and tarragon. Cover and let stand for 4 minutes. Pour into a medium-size bowl to cool. Add orange zest, orange juice, salt and mayonnaise. Whisk together and refrigerate the sauce, covered, for 2 hours. The sauce can be made a day ahead.
  3. To serve, pour the sauce over the asparagus.