Sunday, February 13, 2011

Roasted Fennel Soup with Hazelnuts

Last weekend, I experienced a soup that was intensely flavorful but, was delicate on the palate.  This was proof that food made with only a few fresh ingredients can deliver concentrated flavors that are satisfying and comforting.  This soup included fennel, onions and rosemary, that were roasted, and combined with a good quality stock.  The final touch was a dusting of toasted hazelnuts.   


Roasted Fennel Soup with Hazelnuts
Serves 8
Recipe from Chef Marc Canora/Prepared by Robert Butler




Ingredients:
8 large fennel bulbs, trimmed cut into 8 wedges
3 large onions, cut into 8 wedges
4-four-inch long fresh rosemary sprigs
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup hazelnuts
10 cups chicken stock

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375F.  In a large roasting pan, toss the fennel with the onions, rosemary sprigs and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roast for about 45 minutes, tossing halfway through, until the fennel is tender and browned in spots.  Discard the rosemary sprigs.

2.  Meanwhile, spread the hazelnuts in a pie plate and toast for about 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop the hazelnuts.

3.  Scrape the vegetables and any juices into a large soup pot.  Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.  Cover and simmer over low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 35 minutes.

4.  In a blender, carefully puree the soup in batches until smooth.  Strain the soup through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean pot.  Reheat the soup and season with salt and pepper.  Ladle into warmed bowls, sprinkle with hazelnuts and serve.

Enjoy!




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61 comments:

Rita said...

Looks and sounds really nice and smooth; must look for fennel; never thought of making soup witht this.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love fennel, must give this a try. Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'd have a hard time having anything left of step one to make soup from. ;) Sounds delicious, Mary. Hope you have a delightful, sunny Sunday! Blessings ~ Tanna

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

My bad, Velva!!! Please excuse my dislexic brain. =(

whozyerdanny said...

This looks incredible... a must try!

Pam said...

I love the sound of this!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

You know, I think I've only cooked with fennel once or twice. The combination of fennel and rosemary sounds wonderful. I'm with you - fewer ingredients equals the best taste and flavor.

Katerina said...

I like the simplicity of this soup. Using less ingredients halps you detect and enjoy each one in this soup. I love the addition of hazelnuts on top.

rosaria said...

Bet too many people will enjoy fennel this way. I can't get enough.

Claudia said...

The fennel really gets the treatment here - I love the flavors hence I already know I will love this soup.

Carol said...

I've had fennel in a salad and loved it, I can just imagine how superb this soup has to be!

From the Kitchen said...

I've never had fennel soup. This sounds delicious and I'm certainly putting it on my "surviving the rest of winter" foods list!

Best,
Bonnie

Michael Toa said...

I love fennel. It's the kind of flavour that really grows on me. The soup sounds so flavourful and I love the touch of hazelnuts on the top. delicious.

sangeeta said...

This is a truly aromatic soup ...oved it.

Susan said...

We love fennel, but have never thought of having it in a soup. Great idea.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Looks amazing. Never thought to use fennel this way! I love it, and will definitely have to try this.

chrischaos said...

this looks like complete delightful Chaos in my mouth.. wow

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

A couple of years ago there was a delicious fennel and onion gratin soup recipe by The Barefoot Contessa in House Beautiful magazine which I've made but I never even thought of preparing it any other way. Rather than topped with cheese and croutons, the hazelnuts sound wonderful and so much lighter!

Federica said...

come sempre una super ricetta!!!!!!buonaaaaaaaaa!baci!

tasteofbeirut said...

Delicious and delicate soup! Love the touch of the roasted hazelnuts which I see a lot on French Chef sites as well.

ThatJewCanCook said...

Love love love fennel. Never heard of mixing it with hazelnuts, but guess who has a bulb lying around in the fridge!

Eliana said...

These flavors sound glorious. And love the contrast of the creamy soup and crunchy nuts.

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never had soup made with fennel. It soudns and looks so delicious.

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Oh, dear, I could have sworn I left a comment earlier. Anyway, I love fennel and this recipe sounds divine, especially with rosemary and hazelnuts. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Julie said...

I love fennel soup and topped with hazelnuts sounds amazing!

Pierce said...

Never thoight of using fennel for soup. I have always roasted it with a meat or fish dish. Mmmmm

Stella said...

Hey Velva! I'm with you-simple foods are often the most delicious. They are usually very healthful too, as I can see is the case with your soup! Yum, Lady;-)!

teresa said...

so lovely, i'm all about simple and fresh. it looks just delicious!

Susi said...

Beautiful combination of flavors. It looks amazing!

smalltownoven said...

I'm a big fan of fennel. Can't wait to try this out!

Julie said...

I don't think I've ever had a soup with nuts, sounds wonderful :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love fennel and with the addition of hazelnuts makes it even more appealing.

EFT Manual said...

This is a fun way to dig upon on this cold weather. This dish looks delightful. Can't wait to try it out.

Rawai Guesthouse said...

Wow! This dish looks yummy with those hazelnuts on top! This is perfect for this cold weather.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I love fennel and hazelnuts, and rosemary that you've added to this soup! My mouth is watering! If only the computer screens were "scratch & sniff!" Have a great day!

Mary

That Girl said...

This sounds amazingly delicious.

a-man said...

This recipe is ideal and comes just in time. We just have very good fresh fennel on our markets in Germany. Your soup idea is a good alternative to white asparagus soup, or tomato soup e.g.
Thank you.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks really good. Those are flavors I don't really use.

Hungry Dog said...

Sounds delicious and looks very elegant!

Anna's Table said...

I'm so glad to fall upon your fennel and hazelnut soup recipe. I was just debating what to do with the fennel sitting in my fridge. It's so nice to have a new recipe. Can't wait to give it a try.
Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Mmm, that sounds pretty perfect to me! I love fennel :)

Raina said...

Wow! This sounds really different but delicious. This would be the perfect way to warm up on a cold, Valentine's Day:)

Allison said...

I am in a supper club and you have just given me so many ideas. Love your detailed posts. Makes you feel the evening. So fun and YUMMY.

5 Star Foodie said...

A very elegant and delicious soup, I really like the combination of fennel and hazelnuts!

Lori said...

I had a fennel tomato soup not long ago from a restaurant. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. This one looks equally delicious. Fennel has such a nice flavor.

Sanjeeta kk said...

The soup looks so refreshing and healthy! Love the flavors in it.

peanutbutterandginger said...

I recently fell in love with fresh fennel after years of thinking I didn't like it. I will definitely have to remember this soup.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, too. =) I've eaten a chard wrap every morning since that post!

Joanne said...

I bet the subtle sweetness of the fennel really shines here against the earthy flavor of the rosemary. What a beautiful soup!

Malar Gandhi said...

Perfect soup for the weather...very tempting, beautiful clicks.

Susie Anderson said...

I LOVE fennel, so I have a feeling I'd be obsessed with this soup :) And the addition of hazelnuts on top? Yes, yes!! :)

Sues

Juliana said...

Velva, what a lovely soup...fennel and hazelnut, must taste great.

Rita said...

Just learned you from Pierece that you are going to see Anthony Bourdain; you are so lucky! Please write a post about it and get a picture.
Enjoy! What a fun adventure.
Rita

ValleyWriter said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. Just wanted to check yours out and say hello back. Beautiful photos, by the way!

A Canadian Foodie said...

Sounds novel - so unexpected and surprisingly delectable.
:)
Valerie

Kim said...

An absolutely delicate and lovely soup, Velva! I'm one of those who love and appreciate fennel for what it is. I love the aroma, the appearance, and everything about it. This soup is a beauty.

Diana's Cocina said...

I adore fennel ~ This soup is is a winner in my book.

Vickie said...

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never tried fennel and I'd love to taste this soup. Also, that photo is just splendid! I especially love the splashes of red.

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UrMomCooks said...

I have always kind of avoided fennel, but just this weekend I had it roasted for the first time and it was soooo delicious! Now I believe this soup is the perfect way to use it!

Chef Fresco said...

This looks delicious - esp with the roasted hazelnuts on top!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Love the combination of fennel and the toasted chocolateyness of hazelnuts!

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