1 bulb of fennel - cleaned, ends removed, and roughly chopped
1 small onion - peeled and roughly chopped too
1 potato - ditto
A few lettuce leaves - (outside leaves are fine but dont use iceberg lettuce - use a nice leafy green one).
1 clove of garlic - crushed or chopped small
S&P, little dried or fresh thyme
couple of tblspns. of Olive/Sunflower oil and a small knob of butter
Hot Stock (veg. or chicken)
1. Put all the ingredients, except the lettuce, into a microwaveable bowl and zap until the veg are just beginning to soften.
Shake the bowl a little so everything is coated with the oil and seasoning.
2. Add enough stock to well cover the vegetables and zap again for approx. another 10 mins. Make sure the vegetables are cooked through. You can either add the lettuce at this point, or when you put the stock in.
3. Leave to cool, then liquidise until you have a nice creamy consistency - taste again for seasoning.
You'll have a lovely fresh green soup.
4. You can either add more stock, or a little milk if the soup is too thick.
Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or cream. This soup is really easy and very quick to make.