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.