My favorite relative is my uncle Mike. However, he prefers to be called Uncle Herb for two very different reasons. First, he’s a huge fan of the Peaches & Herb song “Reunited.” Second, he loves his herb garden. He also loves asparagus, but feels that the name Uncle Asparagus has too many syllables. So anyway, one spring, when I was a little girl, Uncle Herb and I went for a walk in his garden and picked some asparagus, oregano, thyme, parsley, and my favorite, mint. We then did what any good Souper family members would do – made soup! It was lovely – Uncle Herb’s herbs were fresh and flavorful. But we both decided the soup was missing something. We hemmed and hawed for a while, and then both looked at each other and shouted at the same time, “WHITE BEANS AND WHOLE WHEAT FARFALLE PASTA!” If I had a penny for every time that happened… Anyway, they added just the right texture and taste to the soup. It came out so well that Uncle Herb changed his name to Farfalle. But I still call him Herb.
Ingredients (in no particular order): asparagus, whole wheat farfalle pasta, oregano, thyme, mint, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, tomatoes, white beans, salt, pepper, onion, olive oil, homemade vegetable stock goodness
Soup type: Chunky