10 Minute Spinach, Chilli & Fennel Soup

Vegan spinach, chilli and fennel soup

Since discovering a few months ago when I made my courgette and broad bean soup with chilli and fennel, how wonderful chilli and fennel is as a combination, they’ve been added to most of my soups. Obviously (to me, anyway) chilli goes with everything and, although fennel isn’t to everyone’s taste, give it a go – just don’t add too much as it’s not a subtle flavour.

I used chilli powder and fennel seeds, as they’re already in my spice drawer, but you can use fresh if you like. As you’ll know, a huge bag of spinach wilts down quickly, so you can be enjoying this soup in about ten minutes. As you’ll also know, when a huge bag of spinach wilts down, you’re left with about a teaspoonful (slight exaggeration, possibly – maybe a tablespoon) of spinach, so this recipe isn’t going to feed you for a week (I had it for lunch for two days) so you might want to double the quantities.

You can of course experiment with different herbs and spices – I reckon smoked paprika would give it an interesting smoky flavour; I’m just a chilli freak.

10 Minute Spinach, Chilli & Fennel Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2
  • 1 tsbp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200g spinach
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the onions and garlic and fry until the onions are soft (3-4 minutes)
  2. Add the spinach and stock and stir until the spinach has wilted
  3. Add the chilli powder and fennel seeds and season with salt and pepper
  4. Simmer for a couple of minutes
  5. Blend with a stick blender until smooth or in a high powered blender (I used myFroothie blender) on high for 1 minute

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  1. Love the sound of this – one of my favourite things to eat at the moment is roasted cauliflower with fennel seeds – just the best flavour. Must try this soup soon as it sounds delicious!

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