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White Bean & Fennel Soup

Another day, another soup. It was flipping freezing today. My method for staying warm since I couldn’t wear Uggs and PJs all day was layering tights under my work pants, and then wearing knee high boots with it (over tights, under pants). It was pretty effective. But I still felt cold all day. This soup finally helped warm me up. 🙂 

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White Bean & Fennel Soup
serves 8-10 

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 fennel bulbs, halved and sliced

10 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1-2 cups dry white wine (I used 1.5 because I only had a $15 bottle on hand and wanted to save some for drinking. ha! I typically keep TJ’s two buck chuck on hand for cooking.)

2 (15) oz cans white beans

2 heaping teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to:

1. Heat oil in a large pot and sauté onions and fennel until tender. 

2. Add broth, wine, beans, thyme, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. 

3. Serve, topped with fennel fronds if desired.

4. Eat the leftovers for lunch for days. 🙂


I hope everyone was safe and warm today.  John’s neighbor’s pipes burst from the cold and their house completely flooded. Ugh, awful. I feel so sorry for him. 

How do you feel about black licorice? Love or hate? I feel like people have really strong feelings about black licorice – no in-betweens! I love it! I’m curious if people who don’t like black licorice like fennel soup? 🙂

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  • Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes

    I love everything fennel (also a black licorice lover), but I’ve never cooked with it. This soup looks delicious!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun

    Oh this looks delicious! I am determined to try out new recipes – I will be adding this to the list!

  • christina

    Yeah I would not waste $15 wine either. Like ok a splash is enough, hahaha. HATE black licorice. The first time I had fennel I almost gagged but depending on how it’s cooked, it can be okay. 🙂

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs

    I don’t like black licorice, but I’ve never had fennel soup so I can’t answer your question — guess I’d better try this recipe and find out! 🙂

    Stay warm!

  • Courtney

    OMG – you AND Brent with your black licorice loving!!! Ewwww!! I hate it so much. Though I do tolerate fennel in small quantities just fine (same with a small amount of anise – it has a similar quality to it). But I won’t even let Brent BREATHE around me after he’s been eating black licorice, so gross!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      hahaha I think of Brent every time I have fennel or see black licorice. 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      oh, btw, did you christmas gift ever come??? I’m assuming you would have told me. I’m thinking I need the hound the shippers??

      • Courtney

        No! I hope it didn’t get lost!! 🙁

  • Christine Whittington

    I loved this soup! I have a high tech pressure cooker and sautéed the onions and fennel, then added the broth, 2 c. dried beans, and thyme. I pressure-cooked it for 30 minutes, then added the wine, salt, and pepper. Fabulous!

    Fennel reminds me more of celery than licorice or anise. It gives this soup a fantastic flavor.