“Not every witch lives in Salem.”
This week over at the cooking club is a Halloween Spectacular time and because we are always happy to see and love the costumes of the season I always prepare “an easy get up from the table and answer the door dinner” and this year I chosen a deep dark eggplant or “twofer” dinners a fabulous eggplant lovers soup from Ina Garten and of course adapted here and there…
Ina suggets serving the “soup” over a favorite pasta as the second meal and both very good with a nice loaf of hot garlic bread and freshly grated parmesan or Pecorino Romano.
Ingredient’s for Ina’s soup slightly adapted
- Good olive oil
- 4½ cups (½-inch-diced) unpeeled eggplant (1 pound)
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions)
- 2 cups chopped fennel bulb
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
- 3 cups good chicken stock, preferably homemade
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
- 2 teaspoons whole dried fennel seeds
- 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
- Freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, for serving
1. Heat ½ cup olive oil in a medium (10 to 11-inch) pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
2. Add the diced eggplant and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.
3. Add a little more olive oil if the eggplant is sticking.
4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pot, add the onions and fennel, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender but not browned.
5. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, stirring often. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, fennel seeds, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 teaspoons black pepper.
6. Pour the can of whole tomatoes, including the liquid, into a food processor and pulse until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped.
Add the tomatoes and the liquid to the pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste for seasonings. Serve hot in large bowls sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Recipe Link to Ina’s recipe: https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/tomato-eggplant-soup