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    Caramelized Fennel and White Bean Soup

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    55 mins

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    45 mins

    Julesong's Note:

    I love fennel, I love soup… so when this soup was recently featured on FoodTV's "Party Starters" prepared by Edison Mays, I snagged the recipe from the website and adapted it to my liking.

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    1. 1
      Slice the fennel bulbs thinly; chop the fennel fronds and set them aside to use later.
    2. 2
      In a large heavy sauce pot over medium temperature, heat the olive oil; add the sliced fennel bulb, thyme, and butter.
    3. 3
      Saute, stirring occasionally, until fennel is golden brown and caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the white wine, garlic, stock, and small white beans and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
    5. 5
      (At this point, if you'd like a creamy soup you can take out half of the soup and puree it in a blender, then add it back into the pot.).
    6. 6
      Season soup to taste with sea salt and white pepper.
    7. 7
      Garnish with a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a bit of chopped fennel frond, and serve.
    8. 8
      Note: more beans can be added to the soup, if you like (a couple of cups worth), or you can use other kinds of beans or a combination. And yes, the amounts are correct in the recipe - it's a gallon of stock. This makes a lotta soup!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 03, 2010


      I did puree this, and I think that was a mistake. The flavour of the fennel got completely lost in the white beans. Getting started, I was afraid this would be bland, so I added an onion while cooking the fennel and tripled the garlic. Still bland. I threw in a jar of roasted red peppers and that added some colour and flavour. Sprinkling with grated parmesan also helped with flavour and presentation. Still, I think maybe fennel just can't stand up to being mixed up with party-killing white beans. Next time, I'd cut down on the beans and leave them whole.

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    • on January 26, 2006


      This is yummy! I think the proportions are off, tho? I saw 1 gallon of stock & cut the recipe down. With 6c stock & 1/2c white wine, I had planty of liquid for the 2nd caramelized fennel bulb. I liked that this was easy - I set the fennel on low to caramelize while I did other stuff then it was fast to finish it off. Love the flavor; very filling. A wonderful soup - thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Caramelized Fennel and White Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (156 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 229.1
    Calories from Fat 51
    Total Fat 5.7 g
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 5.0 mg
    Sodium 28.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.5 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 10.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh thyme

    vegetable stock

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