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Soups are a no-brainer for a picnic, thanks to the magic of the Thermos. This classic bisque has a deep prawn flavour with fennel undertones.

You'll need

1 kg medium raw prawns, peeled, cleaned, shells and heads reserved 2 tbsp olive oil 4 onions, finely chopped 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 baby fennel bulbs, trimmed and finely chopped 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp Pernod 75 gm butter, diced 75 gm (½ cup) plain flour To serve: tarragon leaves


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place reserved prawn heads and shells on an oven tray and roast until deep orange and crisp (10-15 minutes). Set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot and sauté onion, garlic and fennel over low heat until very tender (12-15 minutes). Add prawn heads and shells, crush into small pieces with a wooden spoon, add tomato paste, increase heat to medium-high and cook until paste darkens (4-5 minutes). Add Pernod, cook for another minute, then add 3 litres water, increase heat, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until well flavoured (30-40 minutes). Strain into a large bowl (discard solids).
  • 03
  • Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until bubbling, add flour and stir continuously until golden (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in a little prawn stock. Return to heat and stir until thick, add remaining stock and stir over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat, add prawns, season to taste and serve warm garnished with tarragon.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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Provençal rosé.

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Oct 2014

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