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Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Soup makes a fantastic cold-weather dish, and this potato-fennel concoction is thick and hearty enough to work as an entree through the chillier days ahead. The minced fennel gives the broth a beefy flavor that could fool anyone (especially if you make your own vegetable broth), but it's vegan and gluten-free -- and delicious. Adapted from the classic Moosewood Cookbook, this is a staple for soup-lovers.

See also: Quick (vegan) chili for a chilly Meatless Monday

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 tablespoon vegan butter (Earth Balance is best) or oil

4-5 medium onions

2 teaspoons salt

4 medium potatoes (we used Yukon Golds)

1 medium fennel bulb

1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

4 cups vegetable stock (make your own!) or water

Cracked pepper to taste

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

1. Peel the onions.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Slice them thin -- this is easier if you cut them in half first.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Lovely.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Melt the vegan butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Add the onions and 1 teaspoon of salt.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Stir until onions are coated with the butter and salt. Cook for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

The onions will get soft...

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

...and when they're a golden-brown color, you're ready to move on.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

2. While the onions are cooking, you should have plenty of time to get everything else ready. Scrub the potatoes first.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Slice them just like you did the onions.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Cut the "fingers" off the fennel bulb and wash it.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Finely chop some of the feathery tops for a soup topping if you want.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Put the bulb in a food processor and mince.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

3. When the onions are browned, add the potatoes.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Add the minced fennel.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Stir those ingredients up...

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

...then add the caraway seeds and the rest of the salt.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Add the broth and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for about twenty minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. Add cracked pepper to taste.

Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

Serve warm with the minced fennel fronds on top; you can also add a dollop of sour cream if your diet allows dairy. This recipe will serve four to six people (depending on how hungry they are!).



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