Chilled Fennel Soup

A chilled, herb-filled, citrusy fennel soup is the most refreshing summer meal
Fennel Soup

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This fully flavored chilled fennel soup will cool you down and fill you up on a hot summer’s day.

This recipe is courtesy of Ottolenghi.

6
Servings
363
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 70 Milliliters olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 3 large fennel bulbs, roughly chopped into 1-inch dice
  • 2 leeks, chopped into ½-inch slices
  • 100 Milliliters arak, ouzo, or Pernod
  • 1.1 Liters water
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 1 lemon, half of the zest shaved into strips, half the zest grated
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • 20 Grams dill, chopped
  • 10 Grams mint, chopped
  • 5 Grams coriander, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 200 Grams Greek yogurt

Directions

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. And the fennel seeds and fry for 30 seconds. Add the chopped fennel and leeks. Sauté over a medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until soft. Pour in the alcohol, raise the heat, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the water, half the thyme, the lemon strips, ¾ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of white pepper, and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove the lemon strips. Blend the soup with a hand-held blender. Leave to cool.

Once cool, stir in the grated lemon zest, herbs, garlic, and yogurt. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and refrigerate.

Remove the soup from the fridge 20 minutes before serving so that it’s not too cold when you eat it.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
39g
30%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
241µg
34%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
198mg
20%
Choline, total
15mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
101µg
25%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
62mg
19%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
219mg
31%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
249mg
17%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
188g
7%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Fennel Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Fennel Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.