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Spring Minestrone Soup

Spring Minestrone Soup

Spring Minestrone

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.

Spring Minestrone

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).

Spring Minestrone

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.

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Spring Minestrone Soup

Spring Minestrone Soup

This easy and hearty spring minestrone is filled with asparagus, carrots, zucchini and chickpeas, and finished with a touch of arugula and fresh lemon.

  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped   
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes              
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow pasta (or another small pasta shape)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • Juice of half a medium lemon

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large stockpot or dutch oven set over medium heat. When hot, add in the onion and carrots, and cook for about 5 minutes, under tender. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add in the zucchini, broth, tomatoes, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture just to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the veggies are tender.
  2. Add in the elbow pasta, the chickpeas, asparagus and peas, and continue to simmer, adjusting the heat as needed, for an additional 7 to 9 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add in the arugula and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon juice and additional salt and pepper as needed. Serve as desired.

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3 Comments

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    Izzy Bruning
    April 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    This looks so good and delicious!!!
    I can’t wait to try it 🙂
    Izzy |http://www.pinchofdelight.com

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    Deb
    May 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    This is an easy and relatively quick to put together, but there’s no way it only takes 12 minutes, even if you don’t count the prep time–5 minutes for the carrots and onion, 10 minutes simmering, 7-9 minutes to cook the pasta, and then more time till the arugula is wilted.

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      Alissa
      May 31, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Hey Deb! We’re having a technical issue with our recipe template and it’s not displaying the correct times. Sorry about that! We’re working on it and should have it fixed soon!

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