Roasted Golden Beet, Fennel & Apple Soup

by Kiran on January 17, 2014 · 44 comments

in Appetizer, Soups

Climate is topsy-turvy these days. Bundle up with layers and sip on hot drinks all day long — its pretty much inadequate with dropping temperatures.

Especially when I arrived back to the States last night, without a winter jacket.

Duh.

Roasted Beet & Fennel Apple Soup | KiranTarun.com

After almost two months of whirlwind travels visiting families and friends between India and Malaysia — I’m missing it all too much already. But its time to pull up the socks (no pun intended) because lets face it, there’s a lot of catching up to do here. Beginning with freezing temperatures!!

Bbbrrrrrr!!!

And of course, the inevitable pile of mails. Mostly junk. After 30 hours of travel to return home to chilly weather, I have zero motivation to leave my cozy and warm comforter.

Except if I’m magically handed bowls of hot soups. Like this.

Roasted Beet & Fennel Apple Soup | KiranTarun.com

Can’t wait to get back into my kitchen, turning on the oven and roasting away in the hopes that the warmth from oven would keep me warm and toasty.

Killing two birds with one stone is my lifelong motto. No pun intended.

Truly.

Roasted Beet & Fennel Apple Soup | KiranTarun.com

Off to sneak back under my warm comforter. Hoping to find some solace from missing the fun filled two months spent with family and friends back home.

Hungry but content :)

Roasted Beet & Fennel Apple Soup | KiranTarun.com

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large golden beets, quartered
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, quartered
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and diced
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, toss quartered golden beets & fennel bulb with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper. Spread it on parchment lined baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
  3. Meantime, heat a large saucepan on medium. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once oil heats through, add chopped onion. Cook until fragrant and translucent.
  4. Add diced apples and potatoes. Stir and cook for 10 minutes. Prepare a bouquet garni by adding cinnamon stick, star anise, bay leaf, coriander seeds and whole cloves onto a small cheese cloth. Gather the ends and secure it into a parcel with a kitchen twine.
  5. Once apples and potatoes begins to soften, add minced garlic and bouquet garni. Stir and toss in roasted veggies.
  6. Drizzle vegetable broth and apple cider vinegar. Check for seasonings, cover pot with a lid and bring broth to a gentle simmer. Lower heat and cook soup for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove bouquet garni from the soup. Gently puree soup with an immersion blender or food processor.
  8. Garnish soup with croutons, black pepper, olive oil, edible flowers etc.

 

Roasted Beet & Fennel Apple Soup | KiranTarun.com

And can someone please make a grocery run for me?!! Desperately need to get out and eat something at least.

So glad to be home :)

What’s your winter comfort meal? How do you overcome travel woes?

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1 Rosa January 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

A wonderful soup! So soothing, warmind and delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran January 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Thanks Rosa! So glad to be back :)

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3 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

welcome back Kiran. soups/stews are my goto comfort meals most of the time. I have been looking for golden beets everywhere but no luck – this soup will hopefully keep you warm :)
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4 Kiran January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Thanks sweetie. Good to be back :)

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5 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Kiran, you’re back! I missed your voice and posts!
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6 Kiran January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Thanks sweetie! So glad to be back :)

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7 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You January 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Lovely soup and food styling! Wishing you a happy weekend, Kiran!
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8 Kiran January 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Thanks Denise. Have a great week ahead :)

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9 Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner January 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Welcome back Kiran!!! Saw all the fun filled vacation instagrams through fb. Is it freezing temp in FL? We had the record cold temp this time, its in 20′s now…better than what we had 2 weeks ago :). The soup looks really comforting. I loved everything about the first snap!!

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10 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Shibi — awww, I’m glad you enjoyed the insta feeds — yes, it’s freezing in FL but nothing in comparison to upper north states. stay warm :)

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11 Medha January 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Welcome back Kiran. This soup looks really tempting! I never made beet soup:),now I should! I love the combination of fennel and beets. Gorgeous pictures too!
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12 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Thanks so much, Medha. it’s great to be back. if you love earthy notes, you’ll enjoy this soup :)

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13 Daniela January 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Looks and sounds fantastic.
Love the addition of apples and cinnamon, a truly delightful combination!
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14 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Daniela — thanks so much, friend :)

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15 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Such a beautiful and comforting soup, I love the flavors!
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16 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Thanks so much, sweetie :)

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17 Ashley January 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I am constantly sitting with a blanket wrapped around me these days – it’s been so chilly!! Even in our warm house… lol. This soup sounds wonderful. We’ve been having a lot of soup lately – this would be a great way to switch it up!
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18 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Ashley — I’m still adjusting to the drastic change in weather. From tropics to brutal winter. Stay warm, friend :)

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19 Monica January 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Welcome back! Soup is so welcomed right now, especially when it’s this beautiful color like yours.
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20 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Monica — thank you so much :)

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21 Lizzy (Good Things) January 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

This sounds like real comfort food, Kiran… delicious, vibrant and nourishing. Snuggle up and enjoy xo
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22 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Lizzy — thanks so much! xo

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23 Alice January 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

30 hrs of travel after two beautiful months in India & Malaysia! That sounds like a fair trade off to me. As for your beautiful & comforting soup, it’s the exact sort of thing I crave after lots of travel. Along with my own bed too!
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24 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Alice — oh yes! you are so right about the bed. it’s been so long :)

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25 Choc Chip Uru January 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Comfort food does not get better, apple in soup sounds lovely and golden beets? Definitely a treasured find :D

Cheers
CCU
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26 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Uru — yes! it’s a unique combo of ingredients and flavors :)

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27 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 18, 2014 at 11:28 PM

A comforting and tasty soup, perfect for the season.
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28 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Angie — thanks sweetie :)

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29 John@Kitchen Riffs January 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Welcome back! We’re all might hungry, so you need to get cooking again. ;-) This soup is a pretty good start – looks terrific! Thanks.
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30 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Thanks John! I’m on it, right away :D

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31 Kelly January 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Welcome back Kiran! Hope you had an amazing time on your trip:) This soup looks fantastic and is perfect for these chilly temperatures:) Rest up and stay warm my friend:)
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32 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Kelly — thank you so much, sweetie. yes, it was such a wonderful trip meeting families and friends :)

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33 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Love this interesting combination of flavors, Kiran! I need to look of for golden beets – what a gorgeous color they are.
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34 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Shashi — thanks love :)

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35 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com January 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

And Kiran – welcome back :)
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36 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Thanks! :)

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37 Sophie January 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I made your divine golden looking soup & it was divine, so festive too & welcome back, sweety! I missed your tasty recipes heeps! :) xoxo
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38 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Thanks so much, love. So glad you enjoyed this soup. It has to be one of my favorites :) xo

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39 Mary @ Fit and Fed January 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Kiran I saw this, put golden beets on my shopping list, made it tonight. I often get creative with/don’t exactly follow recipes but I made yours exactly as written. Love it! Greenish golden (with the fennel and beets), sweet and complex. Had some of it for dinner tonight, taking the rest to a friend in the hospital tomorrow. Thanks!
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40 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Mary — I am so glad you tried and loved this recipe. Sending positive vibes and prayers for your friend’s recovery :)

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41 easyfoodsmith January 21, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Good to see you back Kiran :)
The weather here is warm in the tropical coastal Indian but your soup looks inviting nevertheless :D
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42 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Thanks Taruna :)

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43 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs January 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Glad to read you had a safe trip back home! I hope you got to enjoy your time with your loved ones <3
The soup looks delicious and super comforting indeed. And the pics? Oh, those are gorgeous!
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44 Kiran January 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Consuelo — yes we did, and thank you so much my dear :)

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