Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

I’ve made this soup twice now and just love it!  It’s a way other than salad to serve lettuce in a bowl and has a surprisingly refreshing yet dynamic flavor.  

I thought it would be nice to share a soup recipe this time of year given the cooler temps in much of the country.  Enjoy!!

Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

3 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 medium fennel bulb, chopped (about 2 cups), fronds reserved for garnish

2 large shallots, chopped

1 medium head Bibb lettuce, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips

1 package frozen petite peas (10 oz.)

1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

3/4 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1.  Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add fennel and shallots.  Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, 6 to 7 minutes.

2.  Add lettuce and stir until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.  Mix in peas, broth, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

3.  Transfer to a blender, add fennel seeds, and puree until smooth.  Return soup to the pot over low heat, add the salt and pepper, and thin with water if too thick for your liking.  When heated ladle soup into bowls and garnish with fennel fronds.

Makes 4 Servings:  Per serving: 175 cal; 9g fat; 18g carbs; 6g sugar; 289mg sodium; 6g fiber; 7g protein

Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup

Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup


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3 Comments on “Green Pea, Lettuce, and Fennel Soup”

  1. Jas Vaudagna
    February 6, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Hi Lisa This sounds great!! How is your Mom? How are you?? Love Joey

    Sent from my iPhone

    • February 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Joey, You should really give this recipe a try, it’s delicious :)! We’re good… Mom is feeling pretty good and so far the most recent doctor visits have been positive. Thanks for asking! I am well, teaching some this semester and back in the throws of creating some lesson plans, editing textbooks, etc. I’ll have to fill you in on the job next time we have a chance to catch up. Steve and I also got a new Golden Retriever puppy :). It’s a lot of work but she’s a LOVE! I’ll send you a picture… How are you? Jim? What are you both up to these days? XO, Lisa

  2. Anne Fischer
    February 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    Thank you I’ve been meaning to get this from you!! Yum!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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