This soup uses two spring vegetables: favas and asparagus. Acini di pepe is a small round pasta often used in soups; you can substitute orzo, if you prefer.
6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups soup, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 teaspoon chives)
Remove beans from pods; discard pods. Cook beans in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove beans with a slotted spoon. Plunge beans into ice water; drain. Remove tough outer skins from beans; discard skins. Set beans aside.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and carrot; sauté for 2 minutes (do not brown). Stir in pasta; sauté 2 minutes. Add sherry; cook 10 seconds or until liquid evaporates. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes. Add beans and asparagus; cook 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Remove from heat; stir in juice and salt. Top with cheese and chives.
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