I’ve adapted this recipe (increased the vegetables, garlic and orange zest, increased the fish a little and the half-and-half a tad), either from Eating Well or Cooking Light (which basically are the same, in my mind), and it’s wonderful. There’s a little heat, there’s the orange zest, the fennel seeds, and it’s not difficult to make. While the potatoes are cooking you can put together the salad (use the same orange: zest for soup, fruit for salad). Soup serves 4 – 6; salad serves 4.
Fish Soup Provencale
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium red pepper, chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
- freshly grated zest of one orange
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/8 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 14.5 oz. can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 medium – large potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 – 1 1/2 lb. firm white fish (I used flounder)
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/3 cup half-and-half
- 1 scant tsp kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add onion, peppers and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Add crushed red pepper through tomatoes with their juices and cook, stirring, until it boils (should be just about 1 – 2 minutes).
Add potatoes, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
Add water and wine, cooking for another 5 minutes (uncovered).
Add fish and parsley and cook over medium-low heat until fish is opaque, about 3 – 4 minutes.
Stir in half-and-half, salt and pepper to taste. Remove bay leaf and serve.
Escarole, Fennel, and Orange Salad
- 1 small head escarole, outer leaves discarded, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 fennel bulb, halved lengthwise, cored, then thinly sliced
- 1 orange, rind removed, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 1/2 TBS sherry vinegar
- 1 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Whisk together vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
Place escarole, fennel and orange in a serving bowl, and toss gently with dressing to combine.