A glorious soup for cold winter nights. The addition of Chinese five-spice makes this soup unique and magical...like eating a unicorn jumping over a rainbow. Enjoy! If desired, add a dollop of sour cream and some green onion or a splash of cream just before serving.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 25 mins
1 hr 40 mins
15 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until barely tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, place bacon in a deep skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and reserve about 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the skillet. Drain potatoes.

  • Melt butter in the skillet with the bacon drippings. Add fennel; cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 12 minutes. Crumble the bacon and add to the pan along with vegetable stock, potatoes, and Chinese five-spice. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the soup to a blender. Cover and hold lid down with a potholder; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Return to the pot and continue simmering until flavors combine, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Season with five-spice, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 32.4g; fat 12.8g; cholesterol 30.7mg; sodium 798.6mg. Full Nutrition