Cream of Fennel Soup (Fennel Vichyssoise)


A great soup. Healthy (despite the cream) and refreshing! For a South American flair, serve with popcorn. Throw it into your soup and like you would croutons. Serve hot or cold. The addition of finely diced fennel fronds dresses up the presentation.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Total Time:
48 mins
8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 heads fennel, bulbs and stalks diced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 leeks - halved, rinsed, and diced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 2 carrots, diced (Optional)

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (Optional)

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons anise-flavored liqueur (such as Pernod®)

  • salt and white pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add fennel; cook and stir until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in leeks; cook until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add potatoes and broth. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth. Add carrots and red bell pepper; simmer until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in heavy cream and anise-flavored liqueur. Season with salt and white pepper.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute veal broth for the chicken broth if preferred.

Substitute absinthe for the Pernod(R) if desired.

You can puree the soup, in batches, in a food processor, instead of using an immersion blender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
16g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 836mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 51mg 255%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 843mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.