To make a spicier starter soup, use a spicy or hot variety of tomato or vegetable juice. For the best texture and freshest flavor, don't stir in zucchini and remaining ingredients until just before serving.
Cooking Light JANUARY 2005
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Cover and chill 6 hours. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in zucchini and remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.
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