Fennel & watercress soup

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Butter
½ x Large fennel bulb chopped
1 each Small onion, thinly sliced
1 pounds Pototaes, peeled, sliced(4)
4 cups Strong chicken stock
1 x Parsley, bay leaves
1 x Peppercorn, thyme
1 x Salt and pepper
½ cup Whipping cream
1 teaspoon Chopped parsley
1 x Large bunch watercress

Melt butter in heavy saucepan. Add fennel and onion, cook over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, stock and parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns and thyme enclosed in a small cheesecloth pouch. Simmer 30 minutes then remove. Pass soup through food mill or puree until smooth in a food processor or blender. Pour puree into a clean saucepan, bring back to boil and correct seasoning.

Add cream to taste and chopped parsley. Place bunch of watercress in boiling water for 3 to 5 seconds then plunge in cold water. Drain cut leaves from stalks. Place soup in a heated tureen and serve. Makes four 1

½ cup servings.

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