8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 1 tablespoon cheese)

This stew is a wonderful mélange of spring vegetables, but it will take to almost any variation.

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add fennel and onion, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and the next 10 ingredients (zucchini through garlic); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add peas, parsley, basil, and clams, and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Ladle soup into each of 8 bowls; sprinkle with cheese.

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