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Fennel Soup with Almond-Mint Topping

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Ginny Branch

 

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups soup, 2 tablespoons nut mixture, and 1/2 teaspoon oil)
We were blown away by the rich flavor of this fast soup. Fennel gently cooks until it has a faint lick of licorice, then gets pureed with white beans for a silky texture.

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons small fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind strips
  • 1 ounce vegetarian Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (about 1/4 cup)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 237
  • fat 13.7 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 8.7 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 549 mg
  • calcium 205 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add fennel, onion, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 6 minutes or until crisp-tender (do not brown), stirring occasionally.

  2. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 1/2 cups water, vinegar, and beans. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Place half of mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining mixture.

  3. Combine almonds, mint, rind, and cheese. Divide soup among 4 bowls; top with almond mixture. Drizzle with remaining 2 teaspoons oil.

Cook's Notes

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