Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
  • 6 cups of diced peeled pears
  • 2 cups of onions, chopped
  • 2 cups of leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 tsp of garlic, minced
  • 3 tbs of unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 tbs of curry powder
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbs of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tbs of liquid honey
  • 1 tbs of toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of plain yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan melt butter and add pears, onions, leeks and garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add flour and curry powder and saute until the pears become soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Next stir in chicken stock and dry white wine.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer until the soup is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  5. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, it will take about 2 to 3 minutes. You can use a blender by adding small batches at a time or a food processor.

For the yogurt topping:

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat add sliced scallions and saute until tender, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add honey and sesame oil and cook for about a minute.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in plain yogurt.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired with salt and pepper.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the garnish.