Roasted Red Pepper and Fennel Bisque

Roasted Red Pepper and Fennel BisqueThis Roasted Red Pepper and Fennel Bisque with a generous topping of crème fraîche from our “A Wondrous Feast” in the Holidays 2020 issue is a savory treat. This fabulous holiday menu also includes Buttermilk Sage Biscuits, Sweet Potato-Rosemary Gratin, Mustard and Pear-Glazed Pork Loin, Broccolini with Clementines and Ginger, Cream Cheese-Almond Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Espresso Cake. Pick up your copy today at newsstands or online to get the entire menu.  

Roasted Red Pepper and Fennel Bisque
Makes 8 to 10 servings
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chopped fennel bulb
  • 11⁄2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 11⁄4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 (16-ounce) jars sliced roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1⁄3 cup tomato paste
  • 1⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish: crème fraîche, chopped fennel fronds
  1. In a medium Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add fennel, onion, garlic, and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook over medium- low heat, stirring occasionally, until so ened but not browned, about 30 minutes.
  2. Add broth, 3 cups water, roasted peppers, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until fennel is tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool.
  3. In the container of a blender, process pepper mixture in batches until smooth. Return to Dutch oven; whisk in tomato paste and cream. Cook, whisking frequently, until heated through, about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with crème fraîche and fennel fronds, if desired.

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