Accidental Christmas Soup

26 Dec

So, I haven’t written much over the last few months. I haven’t felt like I have had the energy to do much else other than sleep and work. We’d been looking forward to the lack of Holiday plans this year, but I do find it difficult to turn down an opportunity to feed people. So, after an insanely crazy trip to the movie theater on Christmas day, we came home and had a nice meal of Turkey Soup, Levain sourdough bread and baked apples and pears.

Turkey & Fennel Soup


  • 1lb left over vegetables (ends, stalks peels etc)
  • 2lb left over roasted turkey meat and bones (legs and wings work well)
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 medium white onions, dices
  • 6 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 4-6 carrots, chopped or sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, take the lb of vegetables. bay leaf and 2 lb of turkey and bones. cover with water and boil in a large pot for at least an hour or until vegetables and meat are soft and the water has turned a rich color.  While stock is cooking, take the onions, celery and fennel and saute in a frying pay with olive oil until golden brown. Add garlic near the end of the browning process and set mixture aside when done.  Chop up the carotts and set aside. When stock is done, drain and save as much liquid as possible in another pan or dish. Pick out all of the turkey meat and bay leaf and set aside to cool.  Discard or compost the stock vegetables. Once meat has cooled, tear or chop into small pieces and put back into the broth with all of the sautéed vegetables, carrot and the bay leaf. Fill pot with a few more cups of water (I made nearly a gallon of soup) and cook until all items are soft, (at least another hour) add salt and pepper to taste and serve with slices of bread!

If you’ve never smelled the wonder that is sautéed fennel, you will be in for a very pleasant surprise! You can also add some fresh fennel leaves just before serving to add a bit of color and brightness to the flavor.


2 Responses to “Accidental Christmas Soup”

  1. Véronique December 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm #

    Does the bulb taste like anise, like the seeds do? That’s a flavour that doesn’t work for me. Just wondering.

  2. la Gjina June 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    wow, i really have never smelled the wonder that is sauteed fennel… but i was researching it the other day, and you just pushed me over the edge from wanting to try it to will definitely try it soon.

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