Fennel Potato Leek Soup

One ingredient I haven't quite understood is fennel. It's an herb that has a slight taste of licorice and can be seen as a popular ingredient on trendy restaurant menus. I'm not exactly sure if I like it enough to call it one of my grocery produce staples but I'm still open to working with it in various ways. I came across this recipe From The French Kitchen and since the weather has been a bit cooler lately, it was a perfect night for soup...

Fennel Potato Leek Soup
recipe adapted from here

2 large leeks, white part only, cleaned, trimmed & thinly sliced
1 small bulb fresh fennel, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 small yukon gold potatoes, finely diced
6 c. chicken broth
garlic salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
finely diced bacon, fried

Place the leek, fennel, onion, garlic and oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Saute until softened, then add potatoes and broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to cook on stove top covered for about 30-45 minutes. Turn off heat and allow soup to cool slightly.

Once cooled, place in a food processor and process until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender to puree in your dutch oven if you prefer.

To serve, garnish with crisped bacon and fennel frond.


  1. This soups sounds delicious...I will have to give it a try!

  2. Winter has just began downunder and this is just the perfect soup for it...i might give the fennel a miss and concentrate on the leek and potatoes... Thanks J!

  3. Always loved leeks!
    It adds a sweetness to the soup.
    Definitely going to try this out when I get the chance.

  4. You can never go wrong with bacon in a dish. It just brings everything together.

    There is also something magical about fennel and potatoes and soup that makes for a great day. Similar to how oregano and lemon juice make the best roasted spuds.

    How do you like the KA food pro? I am getting sick of constantly lugging my 1970 JcPenny food pro from the bottom cabinet to use it since it is hideous and can't be seen on the counter at all times.

  5. I've never tried fennel. I'm not a big fan of licorice. But that soup looks delicious!

  6. i do love potatoes any way i can get them. and i love the idea of sneaking leeks in on the hubs. he would never know if i covered his bowl in bacon!

  7. I love that combo of fennel, leeks, and cream yukon golds. This looks like a great recipe. I'm definitely going to give it a try.

  8. I'm not a huge fennel fan either. Good for your for giving it another go. Your soup looks good. I like fennel in seasoning form. Maybe I need to try again too!

  9. I still haven't cooked with fennel either! This soup looks great and since the weather and raininess is hanging in there, I'm still all about warm, creamy soup!

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  11. I'm still trying to figure fennel out myself.
    I bet the freshness of it makes this a nice soup for those days that are a little warmer but you still feel like soup! Looks good.