Vegetable Soup with Fennel, Herbs and Parmesan Broth

Doesn't the title sound delicious. The recipe for this soup is from Food and Wine. It was a nice soup but as I was heating it up it looked shall we say "boring." Well I had the leftover orzo and peas from the other night's dinner. Yep that was added to the pot. Nice move. It gave some body, and pasta!

Vegetable Soup with Fennel, Herbs and Parmesan Broth, from Food and Wine

Ingredients -
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 leeks, white parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 fennel bulb—halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 bay leaves, preferably fresh
6 cups water
One 3-inch square Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped basil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Method -
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, leeks and fennel and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato and bay leaves and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the water and the cheese rind and bring to a simmer. Cover partially and cook over moderately low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.

Discard the cheese rind and bay leaves. Stir in the parsley and basil and season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve.

Comments

Catherine said…
Dear Lucia, The fennel in the soup gives a nice flavor for a change, but the addition of the orzo and the peas hit the spot. Blessings Lucia, Catherine xo

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