Leek and Fennel Chowder with Smoked Salmon Recipe

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Leek and Fennel Chowder with Smoked Salmon
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  • 3 lb leeks
  • 2 heads fennel (each 3 in. at widest dimension; 2 1/2 to 3 lb. total)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced chives
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 5 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 3 lb thin- skinned potatoes
  • 5 cups milk
  • about 1/2 tsp salt
  • about 1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Trim and discard root ends and coarse tops from leeks. Cut leeks in half lengthwise and rinse under running water, flipping layers to flush out grit; drain, then thinly slice crosswise.
  2. Rinse fennel. Trim off and discard root ends and stalks; reserve 2 or 3 sprigs of feathery green tops for garnish, and finely chop enough of the remaining feathery leaves to make 3 tablespoons (discard any remaining greens). In a bowl, mix chopped greens with chives; cover and chill. Chop fennel heads.
  3. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add leeks and chopped fennel heads, cover, and stir occasionally until vegetables are very limp, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Add broth and bay leaf to pan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes.
  5. Add potatoes to broth mixture and return to a simmer; reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Cut salmon into strips 2 to 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide; put in a bowl.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until smooth. Add to potato-broth mixture and stir over high heat until boiling, about 5 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve soup from pan, or pour into a tureen. Garnish with reserved fennel sprigs. Offer with smoked salmon and chive mixture to add to taste.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3675.87 Kcal (15390 kJ)
Calories from fat 379.35 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42.15g 65%
Cholesterol 189.87mg 63%
Sodium 6585.12mg 274%
Potassium 14100.31mg 300%
Total Carbs 641.09g 214%
Sugars 198.02g 792%
Dietary Fiber 111.91g 448%
Protein 180.45g 361%
Vitamin C 524.3mg 874%
Vitamin A 13.9mg 463%
Iron 60.4mg 336%
Calcium 3433.6mg 343%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 62.41 Kcal (261 kJ)
Calories from fat 6.44 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.72g 65%
Cholesterol 3.22mg 63%
Sodium 111.8mg 274%
Potassium 239.38mg 300%
Total Carbs 10.88g 214%
Sugars 3.36g 792%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 448%
Protein 3.06g 361%
Vitamin C 8.9mg 874%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 463%
Iron 1mg 336%
Calcium 58.3mg 343%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 76.2
  • 88

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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