So I started this wine love affair, and it has grown stronger everyday! Last weekend our wine guys were at the local grocery store. One of the reps LOVES wine, and loves sharing tons of wine knowledge. So I did the only thing a newly-appointed wine lover should do…..I asked him loads of questions!
Since I was a wee one I have always asked tons of “why” questions. I always want to know the “whys” and “hows” of EVERYTHING! So after the millionth question to my wine guy, I now understand how to properly taste wine. Along with understanding the proper balance of flavors red and white wine should offer with every sip.
Are you curious about my wine confession? WELLLL….this soup really. Do you remember all the Fennel Pollen love I have shared? Here are a few of the recipes: Bourbon Bread Pudding, Tart Cherry Soufflé, Marinated Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Veggies and Shrimp.
I love all the different varieties of fennel pollen that Pollen Ranch has shared with the Fennel Friday Cooking Club. Herbes de Provence is the latest variety, and includes a perfect mix of herbs. The flavors are gorgeous together, and I love the addition of lavender!
Hubby and I were in the mood for a simple homemade soup. We have very demanding schedules these days, so simple recipes are our best friend. We have actually made this recipe twice now, that is how delicious this recipe is! It is easy to make, AND guess what? Pairs perfectly with a lovely Pinot Grigio. The soup includes lemon, and the wine includes citrus flavors.
Something important my wine guy shared with us the other day: It is not always about white wine with fish, chicken, or red wine with beef, or cheeses. The key to pairing wine with your dish….think about the one strong flavor that stands out in each dish, and match the perfect wine to that flavor. For this soup recipe, the lemon stayed in the mouth from the beginning of the taste, until the very end. The Pinot Grigio was a perfect match, and complimented all the flavors combined in the soup recipe.
In large soup pot - Over medium high heat, add olive oil and heat pan, then add chicken and start cooking cubes on all sides. Add onion and cook with chicken for about 2 minutes, then add garlic cook together for about 1 minute.
Add the stock and water, then add carrots, fennel, lemon juice, lemon zest, Herbes de Provence, and salt and pepper. Let the soup cook together for about 10 minutes. Next add minute rice and let cook together for 20 minutes.
Serve with Pinot Grigio and Enjoy!
Do you love red or white wine?
What is your favorite go-to soup on a chilly day?