Recipe: Fennel & apple soup with ham

This is a quick weekday recipe that combines two of my favourite things in winter: soup and fennel. Add one of my favourite things regardless of the season (i.e. pork, in the form of ham) and you have a rounded meal for 4.

Fennel & apple soup with ham
Yield: 4 servings

Fennel, apple & ham soup


  • 2 large (or 4 small) fennel bulbs
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 apple
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or fat of choice
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon rosemary salt (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary + 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 380g good quality ham, preferably not sliced


  1. Slice fennel, onion and apple.
  2. Heat ghee in a pot, throw in the fennel, onion and apple and cook until soft and slightly caramelised, approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Add broth and rosemary salt (or rosemary and salt).
  4. Blend the soup with a stick blender or in a regular blender in batches. Adjust seasoning.
  5. Dice ham and serve on top of soup.

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