We eat a lot of soup at our house. During the height of winter, you can find it on our dinner menu at least two to three times a week. But I am also one of those people who will happily enjoy it all year round – I just tweak it a bit to make it appropriate for the season.
Which is where recipes like this spring minestrone come into play. It’s light yet still hearty, making it perfect for all the back and forth weather that seems to characterize this time of the year.
And today’s recipe is packed to the brim with many of my spring favorites – fresh asparagus, peas, arugula, lemon! And then some more classic minestrone flavors like carrots, zucchini, diced tomatoes, and of course, a bit of pasta. It’s filled with flavor and perfect for dunking some crusty bread, which equals a fantastic meal in my book.
Now, when shopping for asparagus for this recipe, try to find a bunch that is medium-sized in terms of thickness. If your asparagus is really large and fat, it will take longer to get tender in the soup (same goes if it is really skinny – it will cook quicker than the time indicated).
One final thing to keep in mind with this soup – the pasta does soak up some of the broth as it sits. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it won’t be quite as brothy when it comes to leftovers. If desired, you can always add in a splash more broth when reheating.
This easy and hearty spring minestrone is filled with asparagus, carrots, zucchini and chickpeas, and finished with a touch of arugula and fresh lemon.
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