Food & Dining

This soup is hearty, easy and perfect for chilled nights

The warm days and cool nights of spring can make for challenging dinners. During the days, we want to be outside enjoying the sun, but the evenings call for something warm and comforting. Trouble is, warm and comforting dinners require time at the stove.

Our solution?

A quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes. We combine seasonally perfect asparagus with the sweet taste of frozen corn and a heap of fresh thyme. The result is light, yet fresh and filling.

If you want to bulk it up a bit, shrimp or diced chicken would be a great addition.

What you need:

  • One tablespoon olive oil.

  • Quarter cup chopped shallots.

  • Three cloves garlic, minced.

  • One large sweet onion, diced.

  • Two medium carrots, peeled and diced.

  • Three celery stalks, diced.

  • Six cups low-sodium chicken broth.

  • One bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces.

  • Three tablespoons chopped fresh thyme.

  • Sixteen ounces frozen baby corn.

  • Salt and ground black pepper.

In a large stockpot over medium, heat the oil. Add the shallots, garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook until the onion is tender and translucent six to seven minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the asparagus, thyme and corn, then cook just until the asparagus is tender, four to five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Servings: Six.

Nutrition information per serving: 130 calories; 30 calories from fat (23 percent of total calories); 3 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 6 g protein; 280 mg sodium.