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Apple and Fennel Soup Recipe

Gluten-free Delicious Apple and Fennel Soup Recipe

Credit: Lee Holmes

With this soup, there’s no such thing as pot luck. The aniseed flavour of the fennel and the apple combine perfectly on cool nights to cosy up your insides.

Serves: 6



  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, peeled & diced
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 small fennel bulbs, with fronds
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1L good-quality chicken, vegetable or bone broth
  • 4 Granny Smith or seasonal apples, peeled & chopped
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Coconut yoghurt, to serve
  1. Heat olive oil in large stockpot or saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion, celery and garlic for 3–4 mins, or until softened.
  2. Meanwhile, remove fronds from fennel and reserve for garnishing.
  3. Dice fennel bulbs and set aside.
  4. Add mustard to pan, stirring well. Stir in stock, fennel and apple.
  5. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Cover and cook for 30–35 mins, or until fennel is tender.
  7. Leave to cool slightly, then purée soup in food processor or with hand-held stick blender. Whisk in lemon juice, then season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Gently reheat soup, if needed.
  8. Ladle into bowls, add swirl of coconut yoghurt, garnish with reserved fennel fronds and serve.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.