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How to make it

  • 1) Rinse, seed and chop 6 red bell peppers and 2 poblano peppers
  • 2) Spray with olive oil cooking spray and broil until the skins begin to blacken. Turn and blacken the other sides.
  • 3) Let cool and scrape off the blackest parts.
  • 4) In a heavy Dutch oven, sauté the peppers, with 3 carrots, rinsed peeled and chopped, and 2-3 onions chopped, and 3 fennel bulbs, cored and thinly sliced in extra virgin olive oil until soft. Reserve the fennel fronds.
  • 5) Add 2 t dried thyme and 1 T hot Spanish paprika and cook 1 minute
  • 6) Add 10 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer
  • 7) Cook 20 minutes
  • 8) Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste, and ½ cup cream sherry.
  • 9) Cook 10 minutes until the vegetables are completely soft
  • 10) Adjust seasoning and let cool a bit while making the croutons
  • 11) Puree in batches in a food processor or with an immersion blender.
  • 12) Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • 13) Slice 2 16-0z logs of pre-cooked polenta into 1 inch rounds.
  • 14) Place them on a non-stick backing sheet, or one covered with wax paper
  • 15) Toss gently with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 16) Toast without turning for 20 minutes, until the polenta becomes brown and crisp. Be careful handling the polenta since it is crumbly.
  • The soup can be served with or without the croutons. It is delicious both ways, but the croutons do add a lot of calories. Serve with lo fat or non-fat sour cream and the reserved fennel fronds.

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    " It was excellent "
    nadaism ate it and said...
    A Merlin's magical touch on my favorite ingredients. Thankyou for sharing.
    Cheerfully !!!!!5
    Nada :)
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    " It was excellent "
    diannehocut ate it and said...
    I can't wait to gather my supplies to make this! 5UP

    ~Dianne~
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Peppers and fennel, yum. Absolutely awesome combination, this sounds sublime.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    The croutons are sheer genius, my friend.
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