Chickpea, Fennel, and Broccoli Rabe Soup

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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minestrone with fennel

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