Warming Anise Soup


  • 4 to 5 medium cooking onions peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ pounds anise bulbs trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 to 5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 to 5 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 6 whole fennel tops or sprigs washed well under cold water for garnish
  • Italian flat leaf parsley to taste
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, sauté the onions with the butter until the onions are transparent. At this point, you may add 2 to 3 tablespoons of dry white wine (optional) and then add the sliced anise bulbs and lemon juice; stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and the stock. Stir well. Cook on low heat for 30-45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture back into a pot and heat the soup slowly. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with fresh anise sprigs and some chopped Italian flat leaf parsley. Makes 2 to 4 servings.

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