Boistfort Valley Farm
Community Supported Recipe Box

Fresh Fennel Vichyssoise


  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 3 small fennel bulbs)
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 pound potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Pernod
  • 2 cups half and half


dish: soup
season: summer, fall

Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add sliced fennel and onions. Cover and cook until fennel is tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add potatoes and chicken stock; increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in Pernod. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Working in batches, purée soup in blender. Transfer soup to large bowl. Mix in 2 cups half and half. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Cool slightly. Chill soup uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate.

Bon Appétit, August 2000