Root Veggie Soup with Curry Croutons
medium fennel bulb (4 to 5 ounces)
cup chopped onion
clove garlic, minced
teaspoons cooking oil
cups chicken broth
medium turnip, peeled and cubed (about 3/4 cup)
medium potato, peeled and cubed (about 2/3 cup)
medium carrot, sliced (1/2 cup)
teaspoon ground white or black pepper
tablespoon olive oil
teaspoon curry powder
3/4-inch slices Italian bread, torn into bite-size pieces
15 ounce can white kidney (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
cup half-and-half or light cream
Curry croutons (optional)
- Cut off and discard upper stalks of fennel, snipping and reserving feathery leaves for garnish. Remove any wilted outer layers of fennel and discard; remove core. Finely chop remaining fennel; set aside.
- In a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot cooking oil about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Carefully add chopped fennel, broth, turnip, potato, carrot, and white or black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, if using, for curry croutons, in a medium bowl combine olive oil and curry powder. Add the torn bread pieces; toss until coated. Spread bread pieces in a single layer in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until croutons begin to brown, stirring once.
- Place one-third of the vegetable mixture in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or process until smooth; pour into a medium bowl. Repeat twice with remaining mixture. Return all to saucepan. Stir in beans and half-and-half or light cream; heat through. Season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into four soup bowls. If desired, float a few of the curry croutons on each serving. Garnish with snipped fennel leaves. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts(Root Veggie Soup with Curry Croutons)
- Per serving:
- 282 kcal cal.,
- 10 g fat
- (2 g sat. fat,
- 6 mg chol.,
- 935 mg sodium,
- 42 g carb.,
- 16 g fiber,
- 14 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet