Harvest Vegetable Soup

Finely fall has arrived in California! When I am not doing my happy dance, then I am making hearty soups and stews exuding warmth and spice – just like this:

Harvest Vegetable Soup
Serves 4 to 6

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium fennel bulb, fronds trimmed, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
1 15-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes with juice
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup bulgur or farro
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2-inch chunk of Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano rind
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups coarsely chopped kale leaves, tough ribs removed
Grated Parmigiano or Pecorino Romano cheese for garnish

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until softened, 2 minutes. Add fennel and butternut squash. Saute 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, bulgur, bay leaf, thyme, oregano and cheese. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, covered, until vegetables and grains are tender, about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning. Stir in the kale and simmer briefly until brightened in color and wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls. Serve garnished with grated cheese.

If you like this, you might enjoy these warming recipes from TasteFood:
Lentil Soup
Black Bean, Sausage, Butternut Squash Chili

18 thoughts on “Harvest Vegetable Soup

  1. This would be a great soup if only i had some butternuts, ours all died in the garden this year, however all is not lost.. it is shopping day on friday! lovely soup.. good morning.. hope you are having a great weekend.. c

  2. How funny. I just finished shooting a vegetable soup with butternut squash and white beans that I made this morning. It’s definitely the season for this kind of soup. Beautiful photo!!

  3. I accidentally bought turnips instead of fennel. Would that be an ok substitution? And no bulgar or farro. How about ww quinoa ?
    Thanks for any help/ suggestions.

    1. You can’t go wrong with turnips, but you’ll miss the anise notes of the fennel. Quinoa is always good, but you’ll find it to be less tender than farro. Barley is another good substitute.


  4. I made this tonight for dinner tonight. I did use fennel but substituted quinoa for the bulgur and sautéed some sausage and garlic at the start to add some protein. It was DELICIOUS!!!
    And I almost never leave comments.
    Make his soup. You won’t regret it. Thank you for sharing!

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