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Fresh Fennel Soup

  • SERVINGS: 4
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  1. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  2. 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  3. Large pinch of ground fennel
  4. 1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
  5. 3 medium fennel bulbs, cored and cut into small pieces, feathery tops chopped
  6. 1 large red potato, peeled and diced
  7. 5 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  8. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and the ground fennel and cook over moderate heat until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the pieces of fennel bulb, potato and stock and bring to a boil; simmer until the fennel is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Strain the soup into a clean saucepan, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve the soup in bowls, sprinkled with the chopped fennel tops.