Pegan 365 Asparagus Soup

Enjoy this low-calorie vegetable soup on Pegan 365. Double or triple the recipe to keep this soup in the freezer on reserve for quick, healthy, pre-portioned snacks. 

Recipe from Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

1 cup Vegetable stock
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Leeks (chopped)
1/4 lb Asparagus (trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 tsp Fennel (chopped optional)
1/2 tsp Thyme (chopped optional)
1/2 tsp Dill (chopped optional)
Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Fresh parsley (chopped)

Heat stove to medium-high heat. Add asparagus and fennel. Simmer for four to five minutes.

Add the vegetable stock and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

Add soup to the blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

Add to individual serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley.

**Note: Calorie count does not include optional ingredients. This recipe can be made using half of a large head of broccoli instead of the asparagus. In step 2 you will have to simmer the soup longer to make sure the broccoli is cooked.