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Creamy Fennel and White Bean Soup

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Creamy Fennel and White Bean Soup

Fennel—both the fresh bulbs and the dried seeds—is under-appreciated for the savory-sweet, slightly anise flavor it adds. Paired and pureed with white beans to form the base of this hearty, speedy soup, fennel adds dimension to what otherwise could be one-note flat. For contrast, as well as a smoky-savory counterpoint, we top the soup with crisped bacon. Chopped fresh chives and a squeeze of lemon juice finish it with freshness. Warm, crusty country bread is the perfect accompaniment.

4

Servings

Tip

Don’t fill the blender jar more than a third full of the hot soup mixture; hot liquids tend to splash out when the blender is turned on. To help prevent this, remove the cap from the blender lid and cover tightly with a kitchen towel. Start the blender on low and gradually increase the speed.

1 hour

20 minutes active

Reviews
Gregory V.

Any reason not to use an immersion blender instead of three trips to the blender?

Janelle C.

Hi Gregory,

It's safer to blend the hot soup in three batches so it doesn't splash out onto you. You may also find this article helpful: https://www.thekitchn.com/when-to-use-a-stand-blender-vs-an-immersion-blender-229281

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Linda R W.

Why use a blender - wouldn't an immersion blender work?

Janelle C.

Hi Linda,

It's safer to blend the hot soup in three batches so it doesn't splash out onto you. You may also find this article helpful: https://www.thekitchn.com/when-to-use-a-stand-blender-vs-an-immersion-blender-229281

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Nancy H.

That's a tough authority source to swallow, can you imagine using an immersion blender for pancakes? I guess if you didn't want them to rise any......

Nancy H.

That's a tough authority source to swallow, can you imagine using an immersion blender for pancakes? I guess if you didn't want them to rise any......

Nikki C.

Why not just use an immersion blender to puree the beans? One less thing to wash

CHERYL K.

Delicious. Will make again but add another can of beans for blending to thicken a bit more and more for the soup as husband likes beans in his bean soup not a minimal amount.

Brian C.

Any ideas on bacon substitutes as our cupboard is bare of pork products?

Jennifer B.

Brian,
You might try oven dried shiitake mushrooms or another type of mushroom, well seasoned and dried until crispy. It should give you a "meaty-bacon" flavor.

Nancy H.

Made this last night, it is really good and largely true to time. Fennel is underrated. Cut 25 minutes off time by skipping the cool off, blend in batches, warm up dance and instead blending in place with immersion blender.

Diana L.

I made this soup for lunch today. It was very good. I have used immersion. I also added a tiny cut pieces of potatoes.

Jennifer T.

The flavors in this soup were just delicious! I prepared the beans from dried, cooking them with bay leaf so there was an extra flavor in there. I forgot about the lemon at the end—would be even better! A wonderful soup.

Teresa J.

Delicious soup. Creamy without using dairy. I, too, used an immersion blender. I've now read the referenced article and will "behave" and use a blender with my next soup recipe. I'm so impressed with the Milk Street recipes. I have a new respect and love for fennel.

Kate G.

Made this last night and it was DELISH. Next time I might hold back more of the whole beans because they almost seemed like an afterthought. Definitely do not omit the chives (or some other garnish) as this soup is relentlessly beige. Also, I was reading the small type on the recipe and thought it said to puree it in 1/3 CUP increments which, of course, seemed insane so I ignored it. BTW, the links do not seem to work for the article on why you must use the stand blender vs. immersion blender and it doesn't come up when I search the site either. I really hate dragging my blender out so might try the immersion next time (carefully).

Jovanna K.

This soup was a big hit! The combo of lemon and fennel is perfection. I did add some white pepper and some fennel fronds off heat. Thanks for this winner!

maureen s.

Very good soup but next time I would put one less cup of broth in to make it a little more dense. It did thicken after the first day though.


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