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Cream of fennel soup with smoked haddock

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast recipe for cream of fennel soup with smoked haddock

By Matthew Kemp
  • Serves 6
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Cream of fennel soup with smoked haddock


  • 2 leeks, green tops only, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 50 gm butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 150 gm shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, bruised
  • 1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced (450 gm)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups pouring cream
  • To taste: lemon juice
  • 200 ml milk
  • 250 gm smoked haddock


  • 1
    For smoked haddock, heat milk in a small saucepan and bring to just below the boil, add haddock, and simmer for 5 minutes or until flaking. Drain haddock and discard milk. Flake haddock into a bowl, discard bones and cover to keep warm.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, cook leek in boiling salted water for 3 minutes or until bright green, then drain and refresh in iced water.
  • 3
    Heat butter and olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add shallots and garlic and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until soft, then add fennel and cook for another 4 minutes or until fennel is just soft. Add chicken stock and cream and simmer for 15 minutes or until the fennel is tender. Purée fennel and blanched leek in a blender, in batches, until smooth, then strain through a fine sieve into a clean pan. Season to taste with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and lemon juice. Reheat gently over medium heat.
  • 4
    Place haddock in the centre of warm serving bowls, ladle soup around haddock and serve immediately.


Drink Suggestion: Smoky, mineral, barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc.