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Fennel Carrot Soup

 Fennel Carrot Soup
Marlene Bursey of Waverley, Nova Scotia sent the recipe for this soup that's perfect as a first course for a special-occasion dinner. The pretty pumpkin-orange soup get delicious flavor from toasted fennel seeds--a pleasant complement to the carrots, apple and sweet potato.
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1-1/2 pounds carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add fennel;
  • cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add carrots,
  • sweet potato and apple; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
  • Stir in broth, rice, bay leaf and curry powder; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until vegetables and
  • rice are soft.
  • Remove from heat; cool slightly. Discard bay leaf. Process in batches
  • in a blender until smooth; return to pan. Stir in lemon juice, salt
  • and pepper. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until heated through,

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Fennel Carrot Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 117 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 989 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch.