I’m participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013!

Soup. I make it all the time and yet I rarely make it the exact same way twice. Soup is often an exercise in thriftiness…a way for me to use up vegetables, etc. that are “on their way out”. At other times, it’s just an easy way to combine various ingredients into a nourishing meal.

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

This Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup is both thrifty and easy/nutritious. It’s not quite vegan/vegetarian due to the pancetta (and the chicken stock, if you use it), but these can definitely be left out if you don’t do meat. The recipe come from Alice Waters’ new book The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden.

The Art of Simple Food II

I love this book: it’s a wonderful volume of recipes spotlighting seasonal produce. There’s also an extensive section on starting or expanding a garden…reading through it has me already longing for next year’s garden. If you have a vegetable lover in your life, you should gift them with this book (or gift it to yourself…you will adore it!).

Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

Broccoli rabe can be a little bitter, but there’s nothing wrong with bitter! In fact, many of us would do well to include more bitter foods in our diets. Bitter foods are excellent for your digestion :)

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Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup | Healthy Green Kitchen

Related recipes:
Moroccan Style Vegetable and Chickpea Stew from The First Mess
Sweet Potato, Kale, and Chickpea Soup from Cookie and Kate
Lentil Stew from Nourished Kitchen
Lentil Soup with Lemon Yogurt Cream from So…Let’s Hang Out

Disclosure: The generous folks at Clarkson Potter sent me my copy of The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden to review. This post contains Amazon.com affiliate links. When you shop on Amazon.com via one of my links, I receive a small commission. Thank you!


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 11, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    Soup is the ultimate comfort meal for me, this sounds wonderful!

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    Oui, Chef — November 11, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    Broccoli rabe in anything makes it a favorite dish of mine. This soup looks wonderful, Winnie, thanks for sharing it.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 11, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Well, I’m making this soup this week. You have some of my favorite veggies here… in fact, I just cooked with broccoli rabe. Such an under-appreciated vegetable.

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    Nicole — November 12, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    I have the first volume of this book and love it. That soup looks so comforting. I’d love a bowl with a few shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano sprinkled over the top :-)

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    Sabrina Modelle — November 12, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    Oooh Winnie, this soup looks so perfect. I am chilled to the bone today and looking forward to a big bowl of soup for dinner.
    On another note, Broccoli Rabe is extremely bitter to me, and I love bitter greens. The only way I can eat it is with lots of lemon or vinegar. My husband skews that way on kale and swiss chard. Do you know anything about acids combatting bitterness in foods?

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    Winnie — November 12, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Well the reasons I added a little balsamic vinegar to this soup is a. I do feel the acid (but also slight sweetness) tempers the bitterness. b. The acid helps you absorb the iron in the greens. So I say add the lemon juice and vinegar for sure! Cooking the greens slightly longer may help with the bitterness, too :)