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This aromatic and hearty recipe is an oldie-but-goodie, originally inspired by “Tomato Soup with Two Fennels,” from Molly Wizenberg’s foodoir, A Homemade Life. After so many incarnations and additions, I think I can safely claim this version as my own. Still, I think of Molly's wonderful, well-tested recipes every time I make it.
Fennel, with its crisp licorice perfume, is like a flavor cousin to basil (another tomato lover). It’s also a key ingredient in my Sweet Italian Sausage, which is featured in this tasty pot. In essence, there is a hat-trick of fennel in this recipe: from the tender bits of fresh fennel bulb to the infusion of ground fennel seed, and finally, the fennel-laced Italian sausage.
Thyroid-healthy Recipe Highlights:
Fennel is a very good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, the latter of which can alleviate constipation. It is used medicinally as a digestive aid for issues such as heartburn, gas, and bloating.
Tomatoes are a good source of key thyroid nutrients like vitamin A, Iron, and fiber. They are a very good source of vitamin C. A study recently shared in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism stated, “In patients with hypothyroidism and gastrointestinal pathology, vitamin C improves the abnormalities in serum free T4, T3, and TSH concentrations.”
28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place Italian sausage in a large (5-quart) soup pot over medium-high heat. Cook until browned and most liquid has evaporated. Remove from pot, drain and discard drippings, and set aside.
Add olive oil to pot over medium heat. Add fennel, garlic, onion, carrots, and celery, and cook 10 - 15 minutes or until carrots are tender. Feel free to add a splash of chicken stock to speed the process along by creating steam.
Add ground fennel and fresh thyme and stir to combine. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, place tomatoes in a blender and process to your desired consistency ("crushed" style recommended). Add to soup pot along with cooked sausage. Season with salt and pepper and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until flavors have melded. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
I'm Ginny, the face behind the apron here at Hypothyroid Chef. I help Thyroid Thrivers live well and eat well, so they can feel well. I specialize in gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and AIP recipes featuring thyroid-supportive ingredients.
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