Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup

The perfect balance of vegetable flavors in this creamy rich soup will delight family and guests.

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Makes:
8 servings
Serving Size:
1 cup
Prep:
25 mins
Roast:
25 mins
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Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup

Ingredients
1
large fennel bulb (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
1
large white onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
2
teaspoons olive oil
1/2
teaspoon coarse salt
1
large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4
cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1
cup fat-free half-and-half or evaporated fat-free milk
3/4
teaspoon ground cumin
2
tablespoons grapefruit juice
 
Ground white pepper
1
tablespoon fennel seeds
 
Edible flowers (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Trim away tough stalks and bottom stem from fennel bulb; reserve leafy tops. Cut the bulb and tender stalks into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  2. Arrange fennel and onion in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender but not brown.
  3. Transfer roasted fennel and onion to a large saucepan. Add potato and broth; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly.
  4. Place one-third of fennel mixture in a blender container or food processor bowl. Blend or process until smooth. Repeat with remaining fennel mixture. Return all mixture to saucepan. Stir in half-and-half or evaporated milk, cumin, and grapefruit juice. Heat through. Season to taste with white pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, place the fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat and toast about 3 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant, stirring frequently.
  6. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls. Top each serving with a piece of fennel top, and sprinkle with toasted fennel seeds. Garnish with edible flowers, if desired. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Prepare soup; cool slightly. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. Reheat over low heat to serve.

Nutrition Facts

(Cream of Roasted Fennel Soup)
    Per serving:
  • 77 kcal cal.,
  • 1 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 479 mg sodium,
  • 12 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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