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Asparagus-Orzo Soup

Agriculture.com Staff 05/12/2014 @ 11:43am

Start to finish: 25 minutes

1 pound asparagus spears
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dried orzo or other tiny pasta
3 cups snow pea pods, ends and strings removed
6 cups torn fresh spinach
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup purchased basil pesto (optional)
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagusIf desired, scrape off the scalesBias-slice asparagus spears into 1-inch-long piecesSet aside.

Meanwhile, in a 4-quart Dutch oven cook onion and garlic in about 1 tablespoon of hot olive oil until tenderCarefully add chicken broth; bring to boilingStir in pasta; reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutesStir in asparagus and snow peasReturn soup to boiling; cook 3 minutes moreStir in spinach and pepper; cook 1 minute moreRemove soup from heatLadle soup into bowlsIf desired, swirl some pesto into each bowl of soupSprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of each servingMakes 8 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 112 calories, 3 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 488 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 6 g proteinDaily values: 36% vitamin A, 50% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 11% iron.

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