Summer Asparagus White Bean Soup

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Good morning from a hot and humid Atlanta!  You might be asking why in the world this Hungry Southern Belle would be testing out a recipe for soup but I couldn’t resist!  Summer asparagus is plentiful and fresh at all of the markets.  This recipe is the perfect combination of fresh summer asparagus with hearty beans, to create a delicious and simple soup that is also satisfying for a perfect summer evening.  It would even be delicious served chilled the next day for a light lunch!  Enjoy y’all!

 

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(Serves 4 – recipe courtesy of barre3)

INGREDIENTS:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4-5 cups vegetable stock, more if soup is too thick
14.5-ounce can of organic navy beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Parsley, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and asparagus and cook for about 3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add veggie stock and beans. Bring to a light boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Puree the soup with an immersion or countertop blender. If the soup is too thick, add a little more stock or water.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  6. Serve warm with parsley sprinkled on top
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