Fennel Potato Soup with Saffron

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Once the winter chill comes in, many of us long for some comfort food. Soups are a healthy and satisfying choice of the season.
Today I am sharing with you an easy broth-based soup filled with fennel, potato, soya cream (optional) and flavoured with saffron. If you prefer a lighter version, just leave out the soya cream at the final step.
Fennel bulb is an excellent source of vitamin C, which is the body's primary antioxidant and a necessity for the proper function of the immune system. In addition to its vitamin C, fennel is a very good source of fiber and potassium.

  • 300 g Fennel bulb, trimmed and diced
  • 100 g Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 Small shallots, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 350 ml Vegetable stock
  • 1/8 tsp Saffron threads
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 60 ml Soya cream (or heavy cream)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Trim the fennel by removing the thin stalks and the thick base. Cut the bulb into 1cm pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1cm pieces too. Finely dice the shallots.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and add in the diced shallots. Cook until aromatic and softened. Add in prepared fennel and potatoes. Sautee for 3 minutes. Add in vegetable stock, saffron, and bay leaf. Bring it to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and puree the soup with an immersion blender. Stir in the cream and season. Serve in hot bowls with some chopped fennel fronds on top.

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103 comments:

Jeanette 15/1/12 06:47

Fennel and potato sound like the perfect combination, full of flavor and creamy!

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Aarthi 15/1/12 06:47

YUMMY dish..Thanks for posting,,makes me drool

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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Katerina 15/1/12 08:52

Today is really cold here and it is supposed to be this way the whole week so this soup would make my day warmer. Looks delicious!

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sangeeta 15/1/12 09:03

Such lovely flavors. I have never used any soy cream but all the flavors look great.

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bananamondaes 15/1/12 09:18

What a great recipe - I've never had a fennel soup before. those soup cups are so cute too.

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Sunanda 15/1/12 10:11

This ia real comfort food for this season.. nice capture..

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Happy Cook / Finla 15/1/12 10:57

I love the taste of fennel,first time when i used fennel i thought it would be a real strong taste as it smell so strongly but then i was surprised how mild the taste was after you fry or cook them. Soup looks super delicious.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 15/1/12 11:23

A fabulous and refined tastingsoup! Fennel is so flavorful.

Cheers

Ros

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Becki's Whole Life 15/1/12 12:49

This soup sounds so flavorful. I love the idea of potato and fennel together in a nice creamy soup!

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 15/1/12 12:50

A healthy soup is always welcome in my house and yours is so beautiful Angie. What a great way to start a healthy new year.
Sam

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Priya 15/1/12 13:48

Super flavourful rich looking soup, regarding ur q'n about rava, its just the fine semolina Angie, also ur doubt about brinjal,yep its eggplant dear..

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Pegasuslegend 15/1/12 14:05

Fennel and potato a warming combination of flavors, I need some of this one!

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Gloria 15/1/12 14:08

Angie this look perfect and delicious I love saffron:)

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Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 15/1/12 14:38

I love fennel, I've never had it in a soup. Looks delicious with the potato. And great timing, it's freezing here!

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Lora 15/1/12 14:51

What lovely soup. I love the fennel potato combo. and adding the saffron - genius!

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Heather @ girlichef.com 15/1/12 15:36

This sounds delicious...comforting but not too heavy. And I love the brightness of fennel paired with the starch of the potato. Yum!

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Helene 15/1/12 16:09

I love using fennel in the kitchen, it gives such a unique taste to dishes. Nice pics.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 15/1/12 16:27

Fennel is such a delicious ingredient in soup and pairs so well with potatoes too in gratins. I love the addition of saffron on this recipe. What a wonderful bowl of soup!

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EA-The Spicy RD 15/1/12 16:55

Love how easy this looks to make, and sounds delicious with the addition of the fennel! Love the cups too :-). I just shared your butternut squash and lentil soup on my blog in my round up of healthy soups, stews, and salads to try. Now I need to add this soup to my list!

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Liz Marr, MS, RD @ LizOnFood.com 15/1/12 18:02

This looks delicious. I've used fennel in recipes but never in soup. Sounds wonderful combined with potatoes.

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Lori Lynn 15/1/12 18:17

This soup sounds really good. Love the color!
LL

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Belinda @zomppa 15/1/12 19:23

Today is definitely one of those days that need this!

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A Canadian Foodie 15/1/12 20:27

Boy! Is it every a soup day in Edmonton today! Winter has finally reared it's head and this soup looks lovely! I love fennel and anise - but Vanja will not eat it... so it is a girl friend soup!
;)
V

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Stephanie 15/1/12 20:58

I am so intrigued by the combination of fennel and saffron. I hadn't thought of that. I have to try this!

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Hotly Spiced 15/1/12 20:59

Potato soup is my favourite. I haven't tried it with fennel but I'm a big fan of that vegetable so I will try this. Lovely photos of your soup in mugs too - looks very comforting.

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Rosita Vargas 15/1/12 21:36

Angie la sopa luce perfecta y muy saludable,muy lindas fotos,saludos y abrazos hugs,hugs.

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FoodEpix 15/1/12 21:46

Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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Beth 15/1/12 22:35

Soup is the ideal winter food. This looks terrific!

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kitchen flavours 15/1/12 22:58

I have never tried fennel soup. Looks really delicious!

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Ilke 15/1/12 23:30

I am not a big fennel fan but this seems to be good with all the potato and heavy cream. I am definitely keeping it creamy :)

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pkcooks 16/1/12 00:49

That looks like amazing soup and I love that it's dairy free! I think I might need to pick up some fennel tomorrow.

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mr. pineapple man 16/1/12 01:32

can't wait to try this out! mm~~~

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Reeni 16/1/12 02:53

Such a warming and delicious soup for chasing away the chill! Fennel and potato are a great match.

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Mother Rimmy 16/1/12 04:13

It's been snowing buckets here in Seattle, and I just happen to have a fennel bulb and potatoes in the vegetable bin. Sounds like it's time for soup!

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Miriam 16/1/12 06:05

You take the most lovely food pictures!! The soup sounds amazing :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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vianney 16/1/12 07:47

fennel is one of my fav winter treats, loving this soup angie!!

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Gerry @Foodness Gracious 16/1/12 08:22

I dont use fennel that often but this soup looks amazing, creamy and rich looking, seems a sure fire winner for this time of year :)
Take care..

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Jasna's kitchen creations 16/1/12 11:22

Love aroma of fennel...Soup is great for (your European) winter!

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Rosemary 16/1/12 13:46

I was sold on this at just a glance at the picture and then I read -- great stuff. (And I'm so grateful for my immersion blender.) Never had fennel in a soup before, either.

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Barbara 16/1/12 13:53

We recently had fennel soup in the islands, Angie. It was delicious. So pleased to see a recipe for it here...will definitely be trying this!

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Anne Regalado 16/1/12 13:59

Love the soup , Angie ! Fennel's one of the veggies I haven't tried yet :P Really good for this cold wintry days :)

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What's Baking?? 16/1/12 14:15

Mmm..what a combination! Now you are giving me an idea on what to do with my saffron in the fridge!

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PolaM 16/1/12 15:27

I love the simplicity of these soups. There is something very comforting in warm, pureed vegetables and your combination sounds so good!

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Mary 16/1/12 15:47

I know the combination works beautifully, so your soup must be delicious. Your photos today are really wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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noobcook 16/1/12 16:02

comfort soup indeed, perfect for keeping warm

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StephenC 16/1/12 16:57

Really nice soup!
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Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com 16/1/12 18:01

I love fennel but have never made a soup from it; my concern is that the anis taste might be too strong...I'll have to give it a try.

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Emily Malloy 16/1/12 19:36

My grandfather had those mugs. Oh my gosh. That photo took me down memory lane :) Thank you for that.

The soup is extraordinary, as well!

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Catherine 16/1/12 19:59

Dear Angie, This sounds so delicious and comforting, especially with this cold. I love fennel. Blessings Angie, Catherine xo

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easyfoodsmith 16/1/12 20:02

Sounds so satisfying and flavoursome.

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Cucina49 16/1/12 20:24

I really love fennel in soup, but haven't had it in potato soup. This looks awesome!

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platanosmangoes.com 16/1/12 21:44

Everything I like is in this soup....how divine...

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Pacheco Patty 16/1/12 21:55

Beautiful pictures Angie, so good to see the fresh green color from the fennel in the middle of Winter! The soup recipe sounds delicious, thanks for sharing it, I love fennel and use it a lot in salads but It makes sense to try it in soup!

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 17/1/12 00:21

I'm embarrassed to say that I've never cooking with Fennel. This recipe sounds wonderful though! Thanks for the quick tutorial on how to cut it up. Have a great week!

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tigerfish 17/1/12 00:28

This is again reminding me to get an immersion blender! Then I won't miss out on these light, delicious soup!

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Belinda @zomppa 17/1/12 01:00

This is the ideal soup for me!! It's so cold!!

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sally 17/1/12 02:26

Looks like a perfect winter soup!

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La @ FoodSlice 17/1/12 09:56

Never used fennel bulb before and am very tempted to try it. The photos are appetizing too..

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FOODESSA 17/1/12 12:22

I love fennel so much that I'd take a bath in a creamy mixture. LOL
The combination used in your wonderful recipe is comfort perfection. Thanks Angie ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

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JasmyneTea 17/1/12 12:48

Yum, looks amazing - always looking for good soup recipes, this will be great for lunch!

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Ann@Anncoo Journal 17/1/12 16:21

This soup must be very flavourful with fennel and saffron added.
would definitely love to try this out.

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Michael Toa 17/1/12 19:51

I love the flavour of fennel, so no doubt I will love this soup. Looks utterly scrumptious. I think I just need the bread roll with that now :)

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Vicki Bensinger 17/1/12 20:40

Your fennel and potato soup sound delicious and looks so smooth and creamy. I like that you used Soya instead of cream.

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S.V. 17/1/12 21:05

This looks delicious.... i love fennel and saffron I bet this tasted amazing. It just started snowing at my house and I could use a mug of this right now.

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Holly 17/1/12 21:12

Such a gorgeous looking soup. Mmmmm

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sweetcarolinescooking.com 17/1/12 21:30

As I sit here freezing in my office, nothing sounds better than a piping hot bowl of this soup. Just lovely, Angie! Great presentation, too. x

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Ivy 17/1/12 21:56

A perfect soup for cold days. Love the flavours and looks so creamy. We are freezing today and made soup as well.

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Juliana 17/1/12 23:03

Angie, your soup looks so pretty, delicate and elegant. Great to warm you up.
Have a great week :-)

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Lizzy 18/1/12 00:03

What a beautiful, comforting soup! Perfect for a chilly evening~

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Dee 18/1/12 00:18

This sounds great Angie! When winter weather hits I immediately go to soup making. I love the idea of fennel in potato soup. I have to give this a try soon. Stay warm there!!

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Anh 18/1/12 00:53

beautiful and comfort soup!

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The Duo Dishes 18/1/12 01:28

Beautiful creamy soup. The saffron is a perfect touch. It's so aromatic. This is a great soup to sniff just before slurping.

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Kathy 18/1/12 03:27

Your photos are beautiful and the soup looks totally delicious!

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Elisabeth 18/1/12 04:22

Your soup is so creamy, smooth, and so delicious! I love fennel, and have never made it in a soup! The soup mugs are so pretty, and of course the photos are beautiful...as always:DDD

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Ann 18/1/12 06:44

Oh, this is delicious! I never heard of or thought of using fennel in soup.....brilliant!

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Jeannie 18/1/12 09:56

Sounds like a pretty warming soup to enjoy on a cold day, unfortunately, it is pretty darn hot here at this time of year, so no soup here till the next rainy day lol!

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Michele | Cooking At Home 18/1/12 16:39

I love fennel and I love potatoes. This looks like the perfect soup for a cold winter day.

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Asmita 18/1/12 18:43

I love fennel, whether is in a soup, gratin or salad. This soup must have so much flavor! I love the pairing with saffron, so tasty!!!

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Erica 18/1/12 18:55

I would love to try soya cream!The soup looks creamy and delicious,Angie!

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Ananda Rajashekar 18/1/12 19:20

great presentation liked the way you served in cups!

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Hornsfan 18/1/12 19:39

This looks superb! I love fennel and am just starting to experiment with ways to use it in my cooking, thanks for the soup recipe :)

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Katherine Martinelli 18/1/12 20:32

This looks delicious!! I love fennel and think it doesn't get its due! The flavors in this must be incredible.

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Claudia 18/1/12 21:35

Angie - you just warmed up my chilly soul with this - and the photos are stunning!

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Priyanka 18/1/12 22:50

That looks delicious....the soup has a beautiful color. Very inviting

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Alida 18/1/12 23:21

I have just found your blog! I am a fun of soups and I this one looks very inviting! Gut gemacht!

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lisa is cooking 18/1/12 23:28

I think I like fennel more and more each time I eat it. This looks like a great winter soup!

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Nammi 19/1/12 04:42

that looks delicious!. first time hearing about soya cream :)

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Rebecca Subbiah 19/1/12 05:10

nice soup and lovely presentation

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Monet 19/1/12 05:19

Fennel...saffron...This looks so tasty...I just wish we lived closer so I could stop by for a bowl! Thank you for making me smile after a long day at work...sorry I haven't stopped by sooner. I've been adjusting to my crazy-busy schedule. Hugs and love!

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Alexis @ There She Goes 19/1/12 15:29

great pictures! fennel and potato seem like the perfect combo

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Sara @ Saucy Dipper 20/1/12 01:46

Nice to see these fennel recipes. I was JUST looking for ways to add more fennel to my diet.

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 20/1/12 05:55

I would love to try this soup as it sounds delicious. I do enjoy the taste of fennel.

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Amy 20/1/12 13:01

What an interesting and lovely combination. Sounds delicious!

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Amy 20/1/12 13:01

What an interesting and lovely combination. Sounds delicious!

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Jenn 20/1/12 14:30

Looks perfectly creamy and comforting! I'm sure the fennel adds so much flavor to this soup too!

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Geni 22/1/12 19:19

This soup looks scrumptious Angie! Such a simple list of ingredients, but such beautiful and flavorful ingredients that must make this soup amazing!

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Lauren 23/1/12 12:38

I am such a fennel fan, love this idea. Who thinks up fennel soup?

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Gourmandelle 24/1/12 00:09

Beautiful photos! I will definitely try this recipe :)

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Magic of Spice 24/1/12 01:23

What a beautiful flavor combination for a soup...looks fantastic!

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freeeatsfood.com 26/1/12 05:25

What a lovely, velvety smooth soup. Fennel and potato is such a great combination and I love it that the fennel is packed with vitamin c too! I know my immune system could use a boost.

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Ah Tze 28/1/12 10:21

love this type of creamy soup, is so good to start a day with it!!

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Lyn @LovelyPantry 3/2/12 04:52

Angie, this recipe is brilliant! I've been wanting to make something using fennel and i think this might be it! I'm sharing this on twitter for #fennelfriday! Your photographs are gorgeous! :-)

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