Roasted Carrot-Fennel Soup

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Veggie Girl NYC

Kudos to my sis! This former fast-food junkie has become a lot more conscious of the foods she prepares for her family in recent years. The fact that her husband has had a heart attack (requiring quadruple bypass surgery) and a stroke in the past few years--as well as being diagnosed diabetic--has most likely had something to do with this. In any event, I couldn't be happier that she is trying to eat better and to make sure her family does the same! Knowing that I'm a veggie, she has been sharing any good vegetarian recipes that come her way. This one comes from a neighbor who is quite the creative chef. Simple and delicious, it's the perfect dinner for a cold winter night. Serve with a warm crusty loaf of homemade bread, and you're in business. Thanks, sis : ) !

Top Review by magpie diner

Great soup! I really wasn't sure what to expect flavour wise, if it would be too sweet or anise....but roasting really mellows everything out. I like this method, makes a nice change - and next time I'm turning the oven on anyway, I'd think about throwing a pan of these veg in at the same time to have ready to go when it's time to make soup. I also really liked the addition of the fennel oil - nice touch and looked very impressive. Children enjoyed this too, so everyone was happy. I followed the recipe as written except that I added a whole lot more garlic becasue I had a bagful on hand. Thanks VeggieGirl! Made for PAC Spring 2010.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F with rack in lowest position.
  2. Chop enough fennel fronds to measure 1 T and reserve. Discard stalks and remaining fronds. Slice bulbs 1/4" thick and toss with carrots, onion, garlic, 3 T olive oil, sugar. salt, and pepper. Spread in a 10" x 13" baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper and roast, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are browned and tender, appx. 30-45 minutes.
  3. When vegetables are done, remove from oven and cool slightly. Place vegetables in a large soup kettle and add vegetable broth. Using a hand blender, blend vegetables and broth together until very smooth. (Alternately, you can blend the vegetables and broth in a blender in batches, and transfer to a soup kettle when blended.) Thin with water if needed.
  4. Over medium heat, bring soup just to boiling, and then lower heat to keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Meanwhile, finely grind fennel seeds in a spice or coffee grinder and stir into remaining 2 T olive oil.
  6. Serve soup drizzled with fennel oil and sprinkled with reserved chopped fronds.
  7. (Note: fennel oil can be made up to two days ahead and kept at room temperature until ready to serve.).

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