Creamy Fennel and Greens Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped (or 2-3 bunches of baby fennel)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 bunches mixed chopped leafy greens (Such as swiss chard, kale, beet greens, etc.)
  • 6 cups water or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and butter in a heavy pot over medium heat until foam subsides.  Add fennel, onion, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally until softened and lightly browned, 7-8 minutes.
  2. Add leafy greens and water to pot and simmer, covered until greens are tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Carefully puree soup in batches in a blender until smooth, then return to pot. Stir in cream and lemon juice and reheat over low heat.  Season with salt to taste.