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It seems that Fennel Apple Soup is on everyone’s radar these days.  And what better time than now?!  It’s perfect soup weather here in Boulder –a toasty -2 outside, which begs for soup.

Gluten free Fennel Apple Soup has been popping up everywhere –on various gluten free yahoo groups and in various magazines.  Here’s my version.

Fennel Apple Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 (medium to large) fennel bulbs stems removed and diced
  • 2 large apples (I used Honeycrisp), peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot
  2. Sauté onion over low or medium heat for 10-15 minutes until soft and almost browned
  3. Add fennel and apples and cook for 5-10 minutes until they start to soften or brown
  4. Add chicken stock and thyme
  5. Puree soup in small batches (for safety purposes) in a vitamix until smooth and creamy
  6. Reheat soup and serve

Serves 4

I just received my copy of Stephanie O’Dea’s (crockpot365.blogspot.com) Make It Fast, Cook It Slow and am chomping at the bit to try some of her recipes.  The meatloaf looks especially enticing.

In book news, my gluten free cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook was listed in the latest issue of Publisher’s Weekly.  And I have several media events coming up before the holidays.  A radio interview on Epicurean Corner, a TV appearance on Good Day Colorado and another TV appearance on Daybreak on the Deuce.  I will provide air dates and times for all of the above later this week.

Finally, Greg Mowery of stovetopreadings.blogspot.com reviewed The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook, saying, “Amsterdam offers a fine group of tasty desserts such as Classic Carrot Cake, Choclate Velvet Torte, Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti, Pear Crisp and Pecan Pie.”  Thanks Greg, I hope you have a lot of fun with these recipes and all of the others in my book!

posted on December 9, 2009, 16 comments

  1. Emily

    This soup sounds soothing and comforting. I really like the bowl you have it in, so pretty. Yay for more positive reviews on your fantastic cookbook!
    I am kind of obsessed with Stephanie’s crockpot recipes. With all the extra cooking I have been doing because of my situation- I haven’t had time to prepare separate dinners for my husband until I started using our crockpot. So far he has liked every single one! That says a lot. I’m sure you will have fun with her cookbook, I need to order one myself. Thanks for the card :) xo

  2. jane

    This would make a nice Hannukah dish, as well.

  3. Congratulations once again on the cookbook recognition!

  4. Sophie

    i love apples in soups!! so delicious.

  5. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    I haven’t done anything with fennel this year. This reminds me that I need to get on that! Your soup looks delicious!

  6. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen @ leftoverqueen.com

    This looks so comforting and delicious. Perfect for the mid-holiday season tummy!

  7. judie

    Hi Elana; I bought your lovely cookbook, and intend to make some cookies today. It is storming here in southwestern ontario,canada, so it is a good day to bake.

    I need to be egg,dairy and gluten free, as well as bean free, so I am going to try to use egg replacer in your recipes that call for 1 or 2 eggs. I wonder if anyone out there has tried this and what kind of results they have.

  8. Elana~

    I am absolutely in love with your cookbook (I just bought five to give away as gifts) and blog. I am avoiding all grains, beans, legumes, sugar, and dairy in my diet and have found your cookbook to be especially useful (I have found many baking recipes that use gluten-free mixes, which often contain grains or beans, but none that are totally free of these ingredients). Thank you for creating so many grain-free recipes using tasty, nutritious almond flour, and for inspiring the baker in me!

    Next up…a coconut flour cookbook perhaps!?

    Happy Cooking!

  9. judie

    thanks jen. I am going to try some of her ideas.

  10. traci

    hi – i don’t have a vita-mix. would a regular blender work here?

  11. Hannah Handpainted @ Hannahhandpainted.blogspot.com

    I should try this, Elena. I have a daughter who loves soup and loves apples. We’re having another cold week here in Colorado. Brrrrrrrrrr.

  12. Thankd for sharing, i am going to try this one,

  13. Lauren Ingley

    This recipe is AWESOME! I didn’t measure the amount of ground thyme I used and I added garlic salt because I got low sodium chicken broth. The flavors compliment each other so well and I’m pretty much obsessed with soups right now.. so perfect :)

  14. Amanda

    I really wanted to like this soup- but can’t say it was very good. I even grew the fennel myself too. Oh well, never know till you try it! At least it was healthy.

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