Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 3/4 cup soup, 2 tablespoons pickles, and 2 teaspoons amaranth)

Toasted amaranth adds a nutty flavor that's truly delicious; sesame seeds make a good substitute.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add fennel, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 20 minutes or until very tender, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add turmeric; cook 30 seconds. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add golden beets and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beets are tender.

Step 2

While soup simmers, combine Chioggia beets, juice, sugar, and cilantro; let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

Step 3

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add amaranth; cook 1 minute or until toasted, shaking pan constantly. Pour into a bowl.

Step 4

Place half of soup in a blender. Remove center piece of lid (to allow steam to escape); secure lid on blender. Place a towel over opening in lid. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Repeat with remaining soup mixture. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and red pepper. Spoon mixture into shallow bowls. Top with pickled Chioggias; sprinkle with amaranth.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

lizzo4's Review

November 22, 2014
Definitely missing something but it was still tasty! I might try using veggie stock instead of water (or half stock, half water) next time. Even switching up the toppings could change the flavor - baked kale chips, toasted almonds, goat cheese..

foodie2212's Review

November 16, 2014
My family really liked this. I thought it was good, but something seems to be missing. Earthy flavor. Used red beet for topping, but will try something different next time. Maybe Jicama...