Fennel, Leek, and Zucchini Soup

Fennel, Leek, and Zucchini Soup

I tried the fantastic vegan fennel and garlic soup at Real Food Daily a few weeks ago, which inspired me to try my hand at something similar.  This was surprisingly easy, and — get this — might actually be one of the most delicious and satisfying things I’ve ever made.

Fennel, Leek, and Zucchini Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
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Serves: 4
  • 1 Fennel Bulb, sliced
  • 5 stalks Celery, sliced
  • 2 Leeks, sliced
  • 3-5 cloves Garlic, diced OR 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Zucchini, with skin still on, sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Hot Water
  • 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
  • 2 cups Fat-Free Milk
  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the olive oil, fennel, celery, and leeks for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and zucchini and saute another 5 minutes, or until everything’s soft.
  2. In a bowl or large measuring cup, mix the bouillon into the water to make a veggie broth, then add to the veggie mix. The veggies should be completely covered in broth. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and pour in a large ceramic bowl to cool a little (or whatever works). Purée everything with an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor.
  4. Once the veggies are puréed, add the milk and blend, just briefly. Place back on the stove and heat again, stirring frequently, and be careful not to boil.
  5. Garnish with a spring of fennel and a drizzle of olive oil.



4 Responses to Fennel, Leek, and Zucchini Soup

  1. Jessica October 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    better than bouillon contains hydrolyzed soy protein which is another name for MSG. that stuff is toxic..other than that, i think this recipe sounds great and I’m gonna try it with some nut milk and chicken stock.

    • Andrew October 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Hi Jessica,

      Yes, you’re quite right… We stopped using the Better Than Bouillon quite awhile ago — I just never went back and updated this recipe! When I have a free moment (after October!) I’ll go through my older recipes and update them.

      We now usually make vegetable stock out of scraps instead. :)


  2. Debbie June 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    I think I will make this …it sounds really good…
    I have been enjoying reading from your EATING RULES…

    • Andrew June 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

      Thanks Debbie! I definitely recommend this one – it was absolutely delicious. Also, if you don’t have the veggie “better than bouillon” (and you’re not a vegetarian) you can use chicken stock… but any stock will do! Let me know how it turns out! :)

      – Andrew

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