Cream Of Fennel Soup Recipe
One of the best things about cooking is making soups. Ahem - if you said, "What's so great in making soups? Its darn easy?" - I would say ," EXACTLY". They make my life so much easier. There have been umpteenth lunches that have been made possible thanks to soup! I have a bad habit of working with a bowl of soup nearby while I am typing away to glory at my comp. But Shhhhhh! Dont tell my better half about it! He will go ballistic "Keypad and warm soup?????"!!! Don't want to give him any more fodder for blaming me for every conceivable issues with the keyboard or computer! His imagination can get pretty creative, much worse than mine!
Cream Of Fennel Soup Recipe
Anyways, almost anything can be made into a soup and I like them all. If my mother is reading it, her eyebrows will travel all the way to her forehead! The number of tantrums I have thrown for drinking soup till some point in my life has been legendary and probably will go unsurpassed ;) It would prove to be a hindrance esp. during family get together when we all go out to eat. They all order myriad soups for the first course and there I am, sitting forlorn, staring at all their faces!! Then suddenly, I did an 180 and life changed! Tada - the world of soups! If you see my Soup section, you will certainly trust me that I indeed have welcomed it with open arms! So, here's another in that ever growing list. I got these absolutely fresh and aromatic Fennel from the grocery store recently. Until, my advent to the U.S of A, I knew of only the seeds which is used predominantly in Indian cooking. If you notice many of my Indian curries, I go out of my way to use lots of fennel seeds although its not traditionally used in that recipe. The aroma and taste is something which I am fond of. Hence using the plant was certainly intriguing. Cream Of Fennel Soup Recipe This soup is slightly on the sweeter side and aromatic. I have given low fat substitutions which also provide almost the same level of sophistication to the taste compared to its richer counterpart. I wanted to keep it simple with minimal ingredients hence the bare bones soup. I wanted to also highlight just fennel. Enjoy this soup hot/warm. When cold the sweeter taste becomes more prominent. Generous sprinkling of pepper makes it extra special and warm.
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  • Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 fennel bulbs, reserving few tbsp of its fronds for garnish
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 cups of vegetable stock (as per the consistency you desire)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Tips
* Replace butter with 1 tsp of olive oil and heavy cream with low fat/fat free milk for low calorie version
Method
1. Trim the fennel by removing the thin stalks and the thick base. Coarsely chop the bulbs. In a pan, heat the butter and stir in the onion and fennel together.
2. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes.
3. The vegetables should be slightly crisp yet tender. Dont overcook them.
4. Transfer it to a food blender and puree them along with little stock to help in grinding, until smooth.
5. Pour it back in the saucepan along with the rest of the stock and cook for 1-2 minutes in low heat. Add the seasoning and the cream along with the reserved fronds.
Cook for another 2 minutes and Serve hot. Cream Of Fennel Soup Recipe

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By Mary Lynn on Jul 16, 2014

The fennel and onion need to cook longer; slightly crisp does not cream well. Also less onion would be ok. I made it a second time and added more cream and butter (doubled the amount) and it was much better.

By Radhika on Aug 20, 2010

This soup is just delicious. Had it for dinner with two slices of whole wheat bread. Sorry, don't have the picture.

Added low fat cream instead of heavy cream & also used only 1/4 tsp butter. Still tasted great.

Thanks DK.

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By usnea on Feb 19, 2014

This sounds wonderfully simple, my kinda meal! For people trying to stay on a healthier tip, use coconut oil instead of butter or other oils. Also a well shaken can of full fat coconut milk to replace the heavy cream. Coconut fat is easier on the digestive system, and tastes soooooo good, especialy with fennel bulbs. Coconut and fennel is a match made in the kitchen ;) I will gladly post my review as soon as I make this :!:

By Fennel Friday on Sep 28, 2012

Happy Fennel Friday! We LOVE this recipe and it is featured on our Fennel Soup Recipes! Thanks for sharing! http://fennelfriday.com/fennel-friday-heat-up-the-pot-for-fennel-soup-recipes/

By manisha on Aug 19, 2012

which part of usa u live in ..so i can just dropped by to taste it..? jk..will def try this out..

By Lena on Sep 29, 2011

:-P I just returned from Sweden where my mother and I ate at a chef's school. They served fennel soup--it was amazing. I will try your recipe and hope to reproduce that wonderful creamy dish.

By turmericnspice on Mar 2, 2010

lovely soup and great pictures. Cannot wait to try it.

By Deepa G Joshi on Feb 25, 2010

this soup is something new to be..it looks so nice and thick and I am sure quite filling due to all the addition of the veggies..

By vanamala on Feb 25, 2010

Healthy .... Fennel lvs never tried to make recipes on that

By CurryLeaf on Feb 25, 2010

I have used it once or twice while i was there,but never as such an important ingredient.Looks great DK.I can imagine the taste and the aroma.

By rachel on Feb 25, 2010

I could never resist a soup as creamy as this!

By Divya on Feb 24, 2010

Fennel is something new to me too..:)I just love the variety of soups you have here..in fact,your carrot-saffron soup is a staple here for me,just love the flavor..yum:)

By PJ on Feb 24, 2010

As you said,i too use only fennel.I have not seen fresh fennel here.If I find them am sure to try this soup.Looks so yum!

By nags on Feb 24, 2010

Such a gorgeous looking soup! Love the pics :)

By Vaishali Sharma on Feb 24, 2010

This looks so healthy and delicious! Wish I could just pick up this cup right from here and have some soup right now. :)

By Priya on Feb 24, 2010

I do make soup with other veggies but never just with fennel, delicious and healthy soup..

By Soumya on Feb 24, 2010

Fennel is something new to me and have never tried it.Looks so good.Wonderful recipe. :)