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Fennel Potato soup with ham!

Updated on December 10, 2013

Fennel Potato soup with ham

Fennel Potato soup with ham

I stumbled upon this recipe online and modified it a bit. Although it's not beautiful to look at, it turned out amazing! Quite possibly taking the lead as my all time favorite home-made soup. Everyone in my house loved it!

Fennel Potato soup with ham is a delicious, hearty, creamy, and a bit chunky soup for cold months. It's packed full of flavor, texture, and beneficial vitamins. Serve immediately with crunchy bread and salad and enjoy it as a main dish or freeze it later for a quick healthy meal during the winter! Great for lunch or dinner too!

Fennel bulb


Fennel health benefits

Fennel (although not a very popularly used vegetable) has many superb health benefits.

It's packed full of fiber and potassium. It has a unique blend of Phytonutrients, Antioxidants, and vitamin C. Consuming just one cup of this veggie helps the immune system, cardiovascular system and promotes colon health. It also lowers cholesterol levels. So eat up!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 4-6


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Fennel bulb, trimmed and diced
  • 2-4 celery stalks, sliced or diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 onion (white or yellow), diced
  • 3 1/2-4 cups chicken broth
  • 2-4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf Thyme, optional
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup country ham or honey ham, diced or chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Fennel Potato soup with ham

The photo just doesn't do it justice!
The photo just doesn't do it justice!


  1. Clean your veggies and begin chopping and dicing. In one bowl place your diced onion, fennel, and celery. In another bowl, place your chopped or diced ham, potatoes, spinach and thyme (optional).
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet or sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the bowl with the onion, fennel and celery. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Add the diced garlic and cook a minute longer.
  3. Then stir in the flour, until it is well blended.
  4. Now transfer these ingredients to a large stock pot and add the 2nd bowl that has the ham, potatoes, spinach and thyme. Add your chicken broth now as well. Continue cooking on medium to low heat for another 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Finally, stir in the heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste. Taste the soup after the cream is added before salting so that you don't over salt it. Continue to cook and stir on low heat until thoroughly heated.
  6. Enjoy!

Other uses for Fennel

  • Sautéed fennel and onions make a great side dish.
  • Braised fennel goes great with scallops.
  • Slice fennel with oranges and avocados for a tasty salad.
  • Slice fennel and add to sandwiches with other toppings like salad and tomato.
  • Fennel pairs well with salmon.

© 2013 Rebecca


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    • Bishop55 profile image

      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks DDE!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! This looks so delicious and I like new recipes.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I don't eat enough of this veggie and need to start using it more often. Thanks for sharing your recipe idea -- it sounds so good. I would not have thought to use it in salad and will have to try it this way.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Welcome Crafty! Hope you enjoy it.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      This sounds amazing. I use fennel in a fish recipe. I bet it's delicious with ham! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Your recipe sounds great and perfect for this winter season. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      You're welcome. We are having it for dinner later. I know the photo is not very good, but I think your taste buds will be VERY HAPPY!! It's so good.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      This sounds a great soup of which i've made my shopping list for Monday morning.

      I'm going to enjoy making and eating this soup.

      Thanks for sharing.

      LOL Ghaelach