White Bean Fennel Soup

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

White Bean Fennel Soup
Kate Phillippi
Serves: 5-7
Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 TB olive oil
5 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
2 cups of white kidney or cannellini beans, cooked (or 1-15oz. can)
2 cups fresh tomatoes, cut and peeled
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
3 cups shredded fresh spinach

Directions
In a large saucepan, sauté onion and fennel in oil until tender. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fennel is tender. Discard bay leaf. Add spinach; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.

TCM Analysis

Onion: warm, acrid, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Fennel: warm, sweet, acrid, unblocks and regulates qi, strengthens stomach, dispels cold, stops pain, stimulates peristalsis
Olive oil: neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, clears lungs, benefits the throat
Vegetable broth: (varies), aids digestion
White kidney beans: neutral, sweet, diuretic, strengthens digestion, promotes elimination
Tomato: slightly cool, sweet, sour, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens stomach, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms liver, removes stagnant food
Thyme: warm, bitter, acrid, stimulates and tonifies digestion, abdominal pain, moves qi, loosens phlegm
Garlic: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen, antidote for seafood poisoning
Pepper: hot, pungent, warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning
Bay leaf: warm, acrid, bitter, stimulates digestion
Spinach: cool, sweet, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates the chest, quenches thirst

Overall Analysis:

This recipe is warm and has a strengthening effect on the digestive system. It also has a strong moving effect on qi and fluids.