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Thursday, November 08 2012

The perfect balance of vegetable flavors in this creamy rich soup will delight family and guests.


Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup
Recipe from 
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
     large  fennel bulb (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
     large  white onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
     teaspoons  olive oil
    1/2  teaspoon  coarse salt
     large  russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
     cups  reduced-sodium chicken broth
     cup  fat-free half-and-half or evaporated fat-free milk
    3/4  teaspoon  ground cumin
     tablespoons  grapefruit juice
        Ground white pepper
     tablespoon  fennel seeds
        Edible flowers (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Trim away tough stalks and bottom stem from fennel bulb; reserve leafy tops. Cut the bulb and tender stalks into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
Arrange fennel and onion in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender but not brown.
Transfer roasted fennel and onion to a large saucepan. Add potato and broth; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly.
Place one-third of fennel mixture in a blender container or food processor bowl. Blend or process until smooth. Repeat with remaining fennel mixture. Return all mixture to saucepan. Stir in half-and-half or evaporated milk, cumin, and grapefruit juice. Heat through. Season to taste with white pepper.
Meanwhile, place the fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat and toast about 3 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant, stirring frequently.
To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls. Top each serving with a piece of fennel top, and sprinkle with toasted fennel seeds. Garnish with edible flowers, if desired. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.

make-ahead tip
Prepare soup; cool slighlty. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. Reheat over low heat to serve.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 77, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 479 mg, Carbohydrate 12 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 3 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 16%, Calcium 5%, Iron 3%. Exchanges: Vegetable 1, Starch .5. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet 
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