Sometimes I feel like soups are underestimated. Usually the first thing to come to mind is Tomato Soup and Leak and Potatoes. Oh and they all are pureed.
Thus here is Squash Parsnip and Fennel Soup.
You will get all that important fibre from the vegetables still enjoying its creamy texture and vibrant flavours.
Make your digestive system happy again!
Prep time:Cooking time:Serves:
1l Vegetable Stock
150g Butternut Squash or Pumpkin
60g (approx. 1 small) Parsnip
50g (approx. 1 medium) Carrot
½ Fennel Bulb
80g (approx. 1 small) Leak
1 Garlic Clove
20g Butter (Olive Oil for Vegan Option)
1 tbsp Flour
100ml Milk (Cashew Milk for Vegan Option)
3 Bay Leaves
½ tsp White Pepper
½ Sweetcorn Cob
Small Bunch of Dill
1. First of all, peel the the squash and remove the seeds. Cut into medium size cubes. Also peel the parsnip and carrot and cut into medium size chunks.
2. Slice the fennel and leaks.
3. Finely chop the shallot and garlic.
4. In a big frying pan melt the butter over a low heat. (or oil if preparing vegan option)
5. Add all chopped vegetables apart from squash and cook gently for 10min. Stir occasionally, you don’t want much colour to your vegetables.
6. Now add flour and milk and simmer for another 5 min.
7. Meanwhile, bring to the boil the vegetable stock.
8. Add those vegetables into the boiling stock following by cubes of squash, barley, bay leaves and white pepper and sweetcorn kernels.
9. Simmer for 20min until all vegetables are soft and tender.
10. Serve with chopped dill a spoonful of soured cream (optional).
People often say fennel is one of those ingredients your either love or hate.
I think it always comes to the way you cook it.
Here is a little guide from The Guardian to prove that fennel is not that bad.
Oh and don’t forget about fennel healthy benefits!