Cozy Meals In A Bowl -- Root Vegetable Soup

As the weather begins to cool down warm up with this hearty, intensely flavored soup that is bursting with earthy, good-for-you vegetables! 

Root Vegetable Soup with Fennel Bulb 

Makes 6 servings (9 cups)
Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Heat:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil 
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 3/4 cups diced yellow beets
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb 
  • 1 cup diced oninos
  • 1 cup sliced parsnips
  • 1 cup sliced celery 
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic

Deglaze:

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 Parmesan rind

Stir in: 

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 
  • 2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley, basil, and fennel fronds
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    Shredded parmesan to garnish

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add carrots, beets, fennel, onions, parsnips and celery. Cook vegetables until they begin to soften, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. 
  2. Deglaze pan with wine; simmer until reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth, bay leaves, and Parmesan rind. Simmer soup, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, 20-25 minutes. 
  3. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, basil, fennel fronds, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Garnish servings with shredded Parmesan. 

Note: If you are not familiar with adding a Parmesan rind to a pot of soup as it cooks, don't be swayed by this idea. It adds great depth of flavor. And the trio of herbs adds a pop of freshness to the aromatic broth. It is so delicious!! 

Per serving: 153 cal; 5g total fat (2g sat); 20g carb; 5g fiber; 8g protein.