Fennel and Zucchini Soup

Fennel and Zucchini Soup 1

This time of year is a bit of a cooking conundrum to me. I find myself growing tired of heavy winter recipes but I’m not quite ready to fire up the grill. In Chicago, there may be a blizzard one day and the next day all the neighborhood snowmen have melted into a pile of stick arms and carrot noses. The winter chill hasn’t quite left but I’m craving the spring warmth I’m told is right around the corner.

Fennel and Zucchini Soup 2

When it comes to cooking dinner this time of year, I crave dishes that are cozy and warm enough for winter, but light and fresh enough to welcome spring. This Fennel and Zucchini Soup with Warm Tomato Relish from Bon Appetit is the perfect in-between-seasons recipe. Fennel is in season from autumn until early spring, making it the ideal ingredient for a cozy yet light soup. The onions, zucchini and tomatoes add a bit of freshness that provide a delicious reminder that spring is indeed on its way.

What cozy and fresh recipes do you enjoy this time of year?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fennel and Zucchini Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced fresh fennel (from 1 large bulb), keep fronds for garnish
  • 1 cup diced zucchini (I leave the peel on)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ⅔ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  1. Heat 1½ tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add diced fennel, zucchini, onion and celery seeds.
  3. Sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until fennel is translucent.
  4. Add broth and bring to boil.
  5. Cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
  6. Let the mixture cool a bit and then puree in blender until smooth.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Meanwhile, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  9. Add tomatoes to the saute pan and and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until softened and heated through.
  10. Pour soup into individual bowls. Top with tomatoes and fennel fronds.
  11. Serve and enjoy!


you might also like


  1. This looks so comforting and inviting! I will have to try it out!

    • Thanks! It’s definitely a good comfort food while still being healthy (although I think adding bread and cheese makes it ever more comforting!) 🙂

  2. This is perfect for the chilly Spring we’ve had … love that warm tomato garnish, too!

    • So glad you like it! The tomato garnish was definitely one of my favorite parts. It was an extra pop of flavor that really added to the dish.

  3. Thanks for posting this recipe. It looks so delicious. I’m always looking for a good vegetable soup. By the way, just wanted to say I adore your site, the photography is amazing and inspiring and everything you post feels like a piece of art. i love it! I first found your site by our common interest of anthropology. I feel like I’m in there every other week, just looking for some good ideas. Thanks for such a great, inspiring site 🙂

    • So glad you like the post! This is a great veggie soup that is broth-based but when pureed, tastes like it’s cream based. Thank you for your kind words about the site…And we LOVE Anthropologie. Just browsing the store definitely inspires us! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  4. This looks delicious! I saw your blog the other day and think its super cute! I also love the recipe on Kinsey’s website. Keep in touch!

  5. I am totally obsessed with making soups, and this looks like one I am going to have to add to my rotation! I am pinning this for later consumption- thanks! I would love if you would come share this, or another project/recipe at my link party today! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/14/sharing-with-domestic-superhero-thursday-link-party-2/ Hope to see you!

  6. I’m completely sold on this soup. It’s still very cold here in London so I think this wonderful soup would be perfect to warm myself up 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s a great recipe for a cold day. Glad you liked it! (But hopefully the weather will warm up soon! It’s still very cold here in Chicago, too!)

  7. The soup looks so good~~ Thank you for the recipe! I’ll definitely try it!


  1. […] dozens of versions of the same base recipe. Earlier this summer, it was drinks. This past winter? Soups. My most recent obsession? […]

  2. […] I found the following recipe: http://offbeatandinspired.com/2013/03/12/fennel-and-zucchini-soup/ […]

share something


Rate this recipe: