Springtime Minestrone

Spring Minestrone


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 or 1 whole serrano chile, minced (I like spicier)
  • 3 wide strips of lemon zest
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned, halved lengthwise and sliced in 1/2″ half moons
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 8 oz. sugar snap peas, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup sweet peas, fresh or frozen, then thawed
  • 3 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper


In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the fennel seeds and the garlic and cook, stirring often, until the garlic is softened but not gold, about 2 minutes. Add the scallions, serrano and lemon zest. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions are soft, about 5-6 minutes.

Add 7 cups of water to the soup pot. Increase the heat and bring to a simmer. Add leeks, fennel, snap peas and asparagus. Season with a generous pinch of sea salt, reduce heat to medium and let simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and the peas and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and add the fresh herbs. Season to taste with sea salt and done. Bon appétit!

Keywords: spring, minestrone

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