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Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

I first had something similar to this in London during the Olympics. I really enjoyed it, especially the bit of licorice flavor from the fennel. If you wouldn't think of putting lettuce in a soup, you should; it adds a light flavor and texture to go with the body and the richness from the peas. A touch of butter rounds everything out. This is definitely a green soup. Serve it hot or at room temperature.

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Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

Servings

4

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium fennel bulb (chopped (about 2 cups), fronds reserved for garnish)
  • 2 large shallots
  • 1 medium head Bibb lettuce (cut into ½-inch strips (4 cups lightly packed))
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen petite peas
  • 1½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¬æ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the fennel and shallots. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the lettuce to the pan and stir until it wilts, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the peas, broth, and 1 cup water and bring the soup to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. In a blender, puree the soup in batches until smooth, adding some fennel seeds to each batch. Combine the batches in a large bowl and return all of the soup to the same pot. Add the salt and pepper.
  4. Reheat the soup over low heat, thinning with a little water if it is too thick.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish each bowl with some fennel fronds and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
4
per serving
Calories
0
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
24 grams
Protein
8 grams
Fat
10 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
Cholestrol
23 milligrams
Sodium
305 milligrams
Fiber
7 grams
Sugar
10 grams
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