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Fennel and Tomato Soup

Fennel and tomato pair nicely for an Italian-style tomato soup. Save fennel fronds to use as a garnish.



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3 Tbs. olive oil
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1 large fennel bulb, diced (4 cups)
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3 vegan Italian sausages, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds (2 cups)
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1 tsp. fennel seeds
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2 Tbs. dry vermouth, dry white wine, or water
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4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
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3 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley


Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat. Add fennel, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in sausages and fennel seeds, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until fennel seeds are slightly softened and bits of sausage are stuck to bottom of pan. Add vermouth, and cook 5 to 10 seconds to deglaze pan, scraping up any brown bits. Add broth, tomatoes, and parsley; cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

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6 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
19 g
0 mg
380 mg
5 g
2 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

This was amazing! Love the fennel flavor, it was even better the next day once those flavors meld. I also added a little cooked whole wheat pasta towards the end, delicious!

I totally rated this wrong and can't figure out how to change it! I wanted to give it 5 stars. Really delicious favors for such a simple dish! Definitely will make this again!

AMAZING! Such a great flavor. I added cannelinni beans, will make again!

Very delicious and easy. Added garbonzo beans and it was perfect. I've been eating it for days and I'm still not tired of it.

Did you use the entire fennel bulb? Whites and greens?

I made this last night and wow - so flavorful. For a soup with so few ingredients, I was blown away. I'll definitely be making this one again.

This was my first experience with fennel and I loved it! This soup was AMAZING!! I also added cannelini beans - perfect!

I added just a bit of lemon juice to liven up the flavors and was surprised by how lovely this simple soup was. I only used the bulb and composted the greens.

Love love love this soup! Tastes AMAZING. From past cooking experience with fennel, I would suggest cooking it longer than suggested so that it carmelizes a little.

Awesome! So flavorful and simple. I simmered it an extra five minutes and the fennel was perfectly al dente. I think it would be also taste great replacing the sausage with beans to make it even more inexpensive. ****

Big hit for my team. Even my 1 year old enjoyed this recipe. I added garlic, white beans, used chicken stock and chicken Italian sausage. Served with crusty bread and brie. Deeelish!

This was a nice soup but in my opinion used too much of the soy sausage. Next time I would just use beans as some reviewers suggested and leave out the tofurky. Sauteed some shallots at the beginning with the fennel for a little more flavor. Nice crusty bread. Yum.

@swells: Are you trolling? I made this 100% according to the recipe (used Field Roast Italian Sausage) and was very pleased. 3 of us ate the whole batch in one sitting. Love Laura's suggestion of adding shallots... I'll try that next time.

-loved it. My husband, who is not a vegetarian, loved it too. As a new vegetarian, I wish there were ways to reduce the sodium in veggie products. 380mg of sodium per serving is far too much and that is actually quite low compared to many other vegetarian recipes.

tasty, but I think next time will sub extra beans for the vegan sausages. They got squishy after a few days in the fridge.

This soup is delicious. I only used 3 cups of veg broth and it is perfect - just bursting with flavor. I use Smart Sausage Italian style sausages which actually have fennel in them, so the match is great. Very simple to make too. Fabulous with a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with giardiniera.

Wow, this recipe was quite simple and truly delicious! I made exactly according to the directions, but will try adding beans next time per some reviews :)

This soup was delicious and surprisingly filling!

Sausage in a Vegetarian Times Soup...HUH????

This recipe doesn't specify the servings yield, which makes the nutritional info kind of useless . . .

I loved the flavor of the broth, however I did not like the vegan sausage in this. I feel that fake animal products sometimes take away from the beauty of the flavors(not to mention they are ridiculousness bad for you in some cases). I would sub the sausage for white bean and maybe add garlic.

Really, really good soup. I actually added twice the amount of crushed tomatoes because I felt it was a little thin. This added chunkiness and cut down on the sodium, which would have been a bit overpowering. But, with the added tomatoes, this didn't last more than two days between my boyfriend and I.

Happy Fennel Friday! We love this recipe and it is featured on our Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes this week! THANKS! http://fennelfriday.com/vegan-and-vegetarian-fennel-recipes-for-fennel-friday/

Wonderful and so easy! I tend not to eat many "fake" meats so didn't try this back when it first appeared in the magazine but now wish I had tried it earlier. Definitely will be making again. Instead of the vegan sausage, I added some extra cooked beans from a batch of dried beans I cooked to use in the Cannellini al Gratin recipe from the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of VT (so the beans had been cooked with fennel stalks as part of the seasoning). Ironically, the one thing I did find I needed to add to the soup was a bit of salt since I used no sausage, homemade veggie stock with no added salt, home cooked beans with no added salt and no salt added canned tomatoes. I'm fairly certain that even with a dash of salt added to the pot, the salt content of the finished product was negligible but next time I'm going to try Laura's suggestion of adding some shallots and see if that provides the needed flavor accent instead of salt.

I made this soup yesterday and since I did not have 4 cups of fennel, I decided to top it up with diced carrots. I thought this soup was delicious. I used the "LightLife Smart Sausages Chorizo Style" and it was just perfect! I will certainly make it again.

Made this last night and my family of meat eaters loved it. Did with tofurkey tomatoe basil links.

From past cooking experience with fennel, I would suggest cooking it longer than suggested so that it carmelizes a little. Added garbonzo beans and it was perfect lemon juice just the bulb of fennel I actually added twice the amount of crushed tomatoes because I felt it was a little thin. This added chunkiness shallots?

I'm sorry. I was making notes from other's posts, I didn't meann to post as a comment!

I couldn't find vegan sausages, so I just left it out. The soup was absolutely amazing, definitely now one of my favorites and so easy and fast! Personally I may sauté the fennel a little longer, but I didn't mind that it was on the harder side.

Looks Good!

This is a perfect All Things Trader Joes type of recipe. TJ's Italian Sausage-Less Sausage is just what this recipe asks for. Even my picky nephew, let alone vegetarian items, likes the sausage-less in this.

I absolutely love this dish! Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

On the daily sheet it says 1 1/2 cup serving but the nutritional information says 1 2/3 cup, which is right? I enjoyed the soup very much, I didn't have Vegan Italian sausage only Vegan Mexican Chipotle, spicy good!

This recipe is great. Sometimes if i'm not feeling too processed I'll add the sausage if not I'll skip it.

This is my favorite! I make it at least every 3 weeks. The key for me is to use Field Roast Italian Sausage; other brands are made with sun-dried tomatoes and taste less like Italian sausage. I tried TJ's and Tofurkey brands, and ended up throwing out the pots. Such a waste, but they just don't stack up.

Taste good,,,

swhere I can find vegen italian sausauces

Fennel $ tomato soup

This was so yummy! I didn't have vegan sausage so I use Seitan chunks. Then I read about the Chipotle sausage so I added ground chipotle chile to the soup. Crusty bread with coconut oil because... yum

I love this recipe. I add whole wheat pasta to it sometimes

GREAT recipe. I followed the instructions exactly. My husband loved it. He had two big bowls. I'll definitely be making it again. Thanks for all these great recipes.

For those looking for Vegan Italian Sausage: check the produce section of your local grocery store. I purchased the Tofurky brand Italian sausage. It was great! If you can't find it there, check the health food stores.

I made this soup with LOTS of changes. I added more vegan sausage than the recipe used, cause I wanted to use up the package.. I added spinach, garlic, and spinach from the CSA. I added in white beans. I also added some brown rice. It was yummy!! An awesome recipe!! And very adaptable!

Just started becoming a vegetarian, but I am a Diabetic and take Insulin three times of day, Are these recipes okay to use, My husband is well and agreed to try vegetarian, and he likes it so far... Thank You

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