I am a basic girl when it comes to soup - I tend to lean toward minestrone. Light, filled with vegetables, filling.
However, I am currently ADDICTED to a soup and I have to share it! It's from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook - Asparagus, Pancetta and Rice Soup w/Black Pepper. It's super easy.
2 cups finely chopped onion (I use yellow)
3.2 cups chicken stock (use homemade if you can!)
.25 cup water
3 oz pancetta ( I used ham last night, because we had it, but I recommend the pancetta as it's saltier)
.25 cup white rice
One bunch asparagus
Heat a large pot over medium/low heat and add 1/4 cup olive oil, throw in onions and cook for about 10 minutes, ensuring they do not brown, let them sweat. Add chicken stock, water and rice - bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until rice is al dente.
In the meantime, cut asparagus stalks in fine, quarter inch slices, at an angle. Remove woody stalks. Dice up pancetta. While rice is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and toss in asparagus and pancetta stir to coat. Let sit until edges brown. Give it a quick stir and let it sit again. The mass should shrink by about a 1/3. Toss into the soup and add LOTS of black pepper to taste. Serve with parm.