- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 large fennel bulbs with stalks
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups chopped leek (about 2 medium)
- 1 cup chopped shallots (about 2 large)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 ounces fresh spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Dash of ground red pepper
- calories 96
- fat 3.8 g
- satfat 0.5 g
- monofat 2.5 g
- polyfat 0.5 g
- protein 4 g
- carbohydrate 13 g
- fiber 3 g
- cholesterol 0.0 mg
- iron 1.8 mg
- sodium 255 mg
- calcium 73 mg
How to Make It
Preheat broiler. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and chop; set aside.
Trim tough outer leaves from fennel. Mince feathery fronds to measure 2 tablespoons; set aside. Remove and discard stalks. Cut bulbs in half lengthwise; discard core. Chop bulbs to measure about 4 cups.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add fennel bulb, leek, and next 3 ingredients (through salt); cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, water, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in spinach and black pepper. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes at room temperature.
Pour half of fennel mixture into 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 fennel mixture. Return pureed soup to pan; heat over medium heat 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Combine roasted bell peppers, yogurt, lemon rind, lemon juice, and ground red pepper in a food processor; process until smooth.
Ladle about 3/4 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 2 tablespoons yogurt mixture. Garnish with fennel fronds.
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