Tomato Fennel Bread Soup and Turkey BLT
Tomato Fennel Bread Soup and Turkey BLTMake this "Cook Yourself Thin" recipe.
Calories per serving: 508
For the tomato fennel soup
2 medium fennel bulbs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 medium tomatoes, cored and quartered
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 1-inch-thick slices whole-wheat baguette, toasted
2 teaspoons sugar, if needed
For the sandwiches
4 slices turkey bacon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 1/2-inch-thick slices whole-wheat baguette, lightly toasted
8 leaves iceberg lettuce
1 small tomato, sliced
1. To make the soup, trim the tops and fronds from the fennel, reserving 8 fronds for garnish. Halve the fennel lengthwise, and remove the cores. Cut the fennel crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the fennel, season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the tomatoes, thyme, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down completely, about 15 minutes. Add the wine, tomato paste and broth, and simmer 20 minutes. Add the bread and soak it in the soup until completely softened, about 5 minutes.
3. Remove the thyme sprigs, transfer soup to a blender or food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Return to the saucepan. (If you prefer a thinner, smoother soup, strain through a fine-mesh sieve). Heat over medium-low heat until heated through, about 1 minute. If the tomatoes were not ripe summer fruit, taste and add sugar if needed.
4. While the soup simmers, make the sandwich: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, a nonstick baking mat or lightly greased foil. Bake until golden, turning once, about 10 minutes. Brush bacon with syrup and sprinkle with both peppers. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Break each piece into thirds.
5. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of each of the baguette slices. Divide the bacon, lettuce and tomato among 4 slices of bread. Sandwich with the remaining slices of bread. Serve soup and sandwich together.