Cream of Fennel Soup with Smoked Salmon
20 MIN
25 MIN

Cream of Fennel Soup with Smoked Salmon


  • 3 bulbs fennel
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) parboiled long grain rice
  • 4 cups (1 litre) chicken broth
  • 6 1/2 oz (200 g) smoked salmon, cut into strips
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) sour cream, lightly whipped
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil


  1. Trim the fennel bulbs and set the foliage aside. Thinly slice the bulbs to get about 2 litres (8 cups).
  2. In a saucepan, soften the shallots in the butter for about 2 minutes. Add the fennel and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and rice and reduce by three quarters. Add the broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Purée in a blender and strain through a sieve. Adjust the seasoning.
  4. Divide the soup among bowls. Crown each soup with a rosette of smoked salmon strips and garnish with sour cream. Drizzle a little oil over the sour cream and garnish with the reserved fennel leaves. Season with pepper and serve.