Sunday, April 25, 2010
Creamy Green Garlic and Fennel Soup
Ever since I received my Hamilton Beach 2-speed Hand Blender from CSN Stores, I have been dying to make soup. But with the weather in California heating up, I knew whatever I decided on would have to be on the lighter side. So when my latest produce delivery included green garlic and fennel bulbs, I KNEW what I wanted to try.
Green garlic season is now, so if you want to try this recipe, take advantage of the season before it is gone! Green garlic is harvested before the garlic cloves have begun to develop. The resulting plant looks almost like a scallion. It is milder in garlic flavor and when it is cooked, it sweetens and gets a unique complex flavor which needs minimal seasoning. Which is why it was perfect for this soup!
I have previously written about fennel when creating a simple salad last year. I used two fennel bulbs that are smaller in size but you can probably get away with one larger bulb. I only used the white of the bulb, and a bit of the fern for garnish.
The soup stays light, but creamy, through the use of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Blue Diamond Almond Breeze) and the blending of the vegetables to create the thicker soup. I used my new Hamilton 2-speed hand blender which allowed me to blend the soup in the stockpot. It was quick and easy to use and clean which was a nice change from having to pour soups into my blender in batches. Letting the soup sit allows a natural thickening to occur and it reheated well for later meals.
Green Garlic and Fennel Soup
4 Green Garlic stalks, diced (include light green as well as white part of the stalk)
2 small fennel bulbs, slices
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
sea salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a stock pot and add garlic and fennel. Toss garlic and fennel in oil for about a minute before reducing the heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper and cover, letting the garlic and fennel sweat in the covered pot. When the garlic and fennel have begun to caramelize, add almond milk and water. Stir and cover. Let simmer for twenty minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and using an immersion or hand blender, blend the ingredients together. The soup should be slightly chunky unless you want a smoother soup. Let sit for five minutes before serving, or store and reheat later.
Nutritional Information (per serving): 63 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1.75 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein
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