Fennel tastes like a cross between onion and celery with a dash of licorice, and is perfect in salads, dips, soups, and more. Though it may look like an onion, it’s actually part of the carrot family, and when cooked, it becomes tender and even a little sweet. It is also a great source of vitamin C, and it’s loaded with antioxidants to boot.
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon olive or grapeseed oil
6 medium to large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
6 cups vegetable broth
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
1 cup kale
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
*This soup is great as prepared or with additions such as ham, chicken or sausage.
Note: This is a double batch and will easily feed 35-40 people.
3 Cups Chopped Onions
12-15 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
3 Cups Chopped Carrots
3 Cups Chopped Celery
1/2 Head Green Cabbage, cut into coarse chunks
2 28 oz. cans of chopped tomatoes
2 cans stewed tomatoes
2 cans pureed tomatoes
½ can tomato paste
4 containers vegetable broth
3 cups Northern white beans, cooked
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 Tbsp. Basil
2 Tbsp. Oregano
2 Tbsp. ground Thyme
2 Tbsp. dried Rosemary
4 whole Bay Leaves
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 to 2 Tbsp. Red Pepper flakes
You can also add meat or shrimp to make the soup a little more robust.
Makes 2 cups
1 -15 oz. can of cannellini beans, well rinsed and drained
4-6 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups spinach leaves, washed and dried
½ cup parsley, shredded
1 small clove garlic, pressed or minced
¼ cup green olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon pignoli nuts
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