Recipe: Vegetable Soup with Fennel

Title: Vegetable Soup with Fennel
Categories: Soups
Servings: 10

2 c Great Northern beans (about
-14 oz)
4 md Garlic cloves
1 lg Tomato
1 sm Fennel bulb
1 lb Fresh spinach
1 lb Fresh Swiss chard (OR
-additional spinach)
2 lg Russet potatoes (14 Oz)
2 lg Carrots
6 oz Parmesan cheese
2 Fresh or (smoked) ham hocks
-(1 Lb)
2 tb Olive oil
4 qt Basic Broth (or water)
1 Bay leaf
1 pk Frozen corn (10 oz) (OR 4
-ears fresh)
1 pk Frozen peas (10 oz) (OR 10
-oz fresh)
Freshly-ground black pepper

PREPARATION: Rinse, pick over beans, and put them in a bowl of cold water
to cover by 3 inches. Let stand for 24 hours; drain. (OR, put beans in a
large saucepan with water to cover, bring to a boil, cover, remove from
heat, and let stand for 1 hour; drain.) Peel and mince the garlic. Peel and
coarsely chop the tomato. Cut the fennel into 1/4-inch dice. Rinse spinach
and Swiss chard and cut into 1/2-inch julienne strips. Peel potatoes and
carrots; leave whole. Grate the cheese (1 1/2 cups).

COOKING: Put drained beans in a large saucepan; add ham hocks and 2 quarts
water. Bring to a boil, partially cover, and simmer for 20 minutes; drain.

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil in a 6-quart soup kettle, add fennel,
spinach and Swiss chard, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10
minutes. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in soup kettle. Add garlic and saute until golden, about 1
minute. Add the tomato and cook over low heat until tomato liquid
evaporates, about 10 minutes. Add the beans, hocks, broth , and bay leaf.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add whole potatoes and
carrots, cover and simmer until they are tender, about 30 minutes longer.
Transfer potatoes and carrots to a large plate and mash with a potato
masher. Return mashed mixture to the kettle, and stir in the spinach
mixture, corn, and peas. Bring soup to a boil, then simmer, stirring and
skimming foam from surface occasionally, until peas and corn are tender,
about 15 minutes. Season with salt, if necessary.

SERVING: Ladle soup into warm bowls. Sprinkle with ground pepper and

Makes 10 to 12 main course servings.

[COOKS; Jan/Feb 1989] Posted by Fred Peters.

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