Potato, Fennel & Caraway Soup

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This magnificent potato fennel soup is one of those that will be make you feel warm and comfortable, no matter what the weather is like outside. For this potato fennel soup, you’ll also need potatoes and fennel. You can also be generous with the garlic.




  • 25g (1 oz) butter
  • 2 onions (weight ± 450g/1 lb), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 4 medium potatoes (weight ± 900g/2 lb), peeled and diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) caraway seeds
  • 1L (1¾ pints) vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • parsley, for garnishing


  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add the onions, with the garlic and half the salt, and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 7-10 minutes, or until the onion are very soft and beginning to turn brown.
  2. Add the potatoes, fennel bulb, caraway seeds and the remaining salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, then pour in the vegetable stock.
  3. Bring to the boil, partially cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and return to the saucepan and reheat gently until piping hot. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
  6. Allow to cool slightly then pour into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Reheat the soup gently, then ladle into individual soup bowls. For a chunky soup, omit this blending stage and ladle straight from the saucepan into bowls.


  • Any type of bread on the side will do.
  • If you prefer chunky soup, you don’t have to blend the soup and serve as it is.
  • Lactose intolerants can use oil instead of butter.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 1318 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.9 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 13 mg