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Asparagus Orzo Soup

A delicious spring-time soup to help chase away the winter doldrums.

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35mins
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  • Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus.
  • Bias-slice asparagus into 1-inch-long pieces.
  • Set aside.
  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in pasta; reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in asparagus and snow peas.
  • Return soup to boiling and cook 3 minutes more.
  • Stir in spinach and pepper; cook 1 minute more.
  • Remove soup from heat.
  • Ladle soup into bowls.
  • If desired, swirl 1 to 2 teaspoons pesto into each bowl of soup.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.
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"A delicious spring-time soup to help chase away the winter doldrums."
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  1. pierccat
    Great soup! I exchanged the chicken broth for veggie broth and it became a great vegetarian/vegan dish! Prep time was much greater than ten minutes (closer to 30 minutes for me to prep and cut all the ingredients, but I also doubled the recipe); the result was worth the additional time.
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  2. tbehrend
    We loved it! Bro-in-law made it for Easter dinner appetizer.
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  3. WildLightning
    This soup was an instant hit. Even my 13 month old son liked it; he had two bowls and kept signing "more!". I added some cooked chicken, because my husband likes a lot of protein in his food, and used homemade turkey broth instead of the canned. I also mixed the pesto right into the soup on the stovetop, and added a tad of salt. It was sooooo good! I like it because it was filling but not heavy, and a nice change from my usual chicken and barley soups. I didn't have any pasta, but I'm sure they would have been great in there!
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  4. Sparklebaby
    My husband stated it was one of his favourite. Just loved the orzo. Didn't have pea pods to put in frozen green peas. The pesto really makes the soup
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  5. A la Carte
    I love this soup and have it on my catering list now. I make it for a coffeeshop and add about 1 lb of ground sausage (to beef it up). Without it is awesome and light. It's also so simple and fun to prepare. Love it!
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