Shrimp & Fennel Soup with Garlic Toasts

shrimp fennel soup with garlic toasts
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved
  • 8 cups (64 oz.) low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 cloves garlic -- 2 1/2 finely chopped, 1/2 mashed into a paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bulb fennel, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 2 ciabatta rolls (3 oz. each), each cut into 6 slices and toasted
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise


In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add the shrimp shells; stir until pink, about 2 minutes. Add the stock; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Strain stock into a large bowl, discarding the shells.

In the large pot, heat the remaining 1 tbsp. oil over medium. Add the chopped garlic, onion and fennel; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook until the liquid thickens, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high; add the stock. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the fennel is tender, about 15 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the mashed garlic, cheese and mayo; spread on the toasts.

Add the shrimp to the pot; cook until just opaque, about 2 minutes. Divide among bowls. Serve with toasts.