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Fennel Apple Bisque

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 4
A smooth, silky, understated soup that is oddly compelling--the Greta Garbo of soups. Time: 45 minutes.


  • 1 large fennel bulb (1 1/2 lbs. with stalks)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion (8 oz.), chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 large (1 lb.) Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh watercress leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • About 4 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 207
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • protein 5.4 g
  • fat 9.3 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 6.8 g
  • sodium 1788 mg
  • cholesterol 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Trim root end and stalks from fennel bulb; reserve some feathery fronds for garnish. Chop bulb to make about 4 cups.

  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter, add onion, and cook until limp, about 5 minutes. Add broth, fennel, and apple. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until fennel is soft when pierced, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in watercress and cook until wilted.

  3. Purée soup in a blender in batches, holding lid down with a towel. Pour back into pan, thin with more broth if you like, and reheat. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Serve topped with fennel fronds and crumbled blue cheese.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.