Sunday, January 5, 2014
Isa Does It: Harira and Roasted Potato & Fennel Soup
I have barely read past the Soups chapter of Isa Does It. I'm sure the rest of the recipes are equally enticing; I am simply captivated by the sixteen soup offerings and want to make almost every one of them.
Knowing I had to start somewhere, I made the Roasted Potato & Fennel Soup (pictured at left). This did double-duty, as it called for breaking in the beautiful 16-cup Cuisinart food processor I received as a holiday gift. The soup is pure comfort food, yet low in added fat, and contains only a few more ingredients than the title suggests. It's akin to eating a lightened-up bowl of mashed potatoes. My only modification was to omit the onion and add an extra potato in its place.
On the right (and on the book in the background) is Harira. Harira might be my new favorite soup. Spicy, hearty, and satisfying, this dish is also low in added fat. It features lentils and peeled eggplant that softens and soaks up the traditionally Moroccan spices. Chickpeas, fresh herbs, and angel hair pasta also populate the tomato-based broth. I modified this perfect soup only slightly by omitting the onion and using quinoa spaghetti rather than angel hair.
Next on my agenda are the Alphabet Soup and Wild Rice Soup. Then maybe, just maybe, I'll move on to the second chapter.