Fava Bean, Asparagus, and Pasta Soup

Howard L. Puckett

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.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups soup, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 teaspoon chives)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 200
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Fat: 4.8g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 11.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.6g
  • Fiber: 5.5g
  • Cholesterol: 5mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 481mg
  • Calcium: 133mg

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 pounds unshelled fava beans (about 2 1/4 cups shelled)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup uncooked acini di pepe (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/3 cups (1-inch) sliced asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. 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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