Three halves make a whole…

April 9, 2010

Last night, I looked in my fridge to find half a tin of tomatoes, half a tin of butter beans and half a bulb of fennel. And, despite the gorgeous spring weather here in London, I decided to make a soup from these ingredients.

I finely chopped the fennel bulb, reserving the lovely green fronds, and simmered it in some stock with the butter beans, tinned tomatoes, a chopped clove of garlic and, to add some spring zing, some finely chopped fresh rosemary. (I always use Marigold stock powder, as it’s got a far better flavour, plus you can adjust how much you use more easily than with cubes.) Also added was a spoonful of my Turkish tomato and pepper paste for what is, in my books, an essential hot kick.

Left to cook for a good half an hour, the fennel and butter beans were nice and soft, and ready to purée. To stop it becoming like baby food, I added a little more water, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sprinkled the chopped fennels fronds over the top.

If you’re going to try this, I’d definitely recommend you find a fennel bulb with lots of fronds on the top, as it ensures a deliciously fresh hit to this light, refreshing soup.

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4 Responses to “Three halves make a whole…”

  1. MaryMoh Says:

    Looks healthy and delicious. I love fennel so I would love this one….mmm


  2. Fennel is one of my favourite vegetables too. I eat a lot of it raw in salads etc.

  3. Wendy Says:

    Delicious soup! We need lighter and fresher things to eat now and this fits the bill.


  4. Thanks Wendy. It’s amazing the difference a bit of herbage can make to something like a soup. The fennel fronds and rosemary really add a bit of freshness to this one.


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