November 12, 2014 17

Broccoli Fennel Soup with Sunflower Seed Dukkah

Roasted Broccoli Fennel Soup with Dukkah | Smooth, creamy, vegan and gluten-free roasted broccoli fennel soup topped with dukkah. A delicious, healthy, broccoli soup alternative.

So I talk about my CSA, Philly FoodWorks – a lot.

The people behind this mission are my heroes and when I leave Philadelphia this will be on the very top of my ‘things I will greatly miss’ list. For the past six months I have been working with Philly FoodWorks to spread their good word, their honest mission and bring you weekly plant-based recipes using their beautiful, locally sourced, organic produce.

And – I’ve loved every second of it.

Now that it’s harvest season, I’m ready to give you all the vegetable recipes I got.

Like this little creamy, vegan, broccoli fennel soup topped with crunchy sunflower seed and celery leaf dukkah. As Philly FoodWorks preps for their winter CSA season, I’m helping them get the word out by giving away three (1) week trials.

No catches, no gimmicks; seriously I’m just giving away free food.

Contest inclues:

{1} free trial
{4} produce items
{1} surprise item {loaf of bread, pickles and/or seasonal jam}

Drop me a comment below letting me know why you’d love to win a free box of Philly FoodWorks goods. And three lovely winners will be chosen at random on Sunday, November 16th at 11pm ET. Winners will be notified via email with directions on how to claim their prize. Contest is open to anyone living in the Philadelphia area. In the meantime enjoy this broccoli fennel soup loves.

Roasted Broccoli Fennel Soup with Dukkah | Smooth, creamy, vegan and gluten-free roasted broccoli fennel soup topped with dukkah. A delicious, healthy, broccoli soup alternative.

Roasted Broccoli Fennel Soup with Dukkah | Smooth, creamy, vegan and gluten-free roasted broccoli fennel soup topped with dukkah. A delicious, healthy, broccoli soup alternative.

Roasted Broccoli Fennel Soup with Dukkah | Smooth, creamy, vegan and gluten-free roasted broccoli fennel soup topped with dukkah. A delicious, healthy, broccoli soup alternative.

Roasted Broccoli Fennel Soup

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 4 bowls

If you want to make this without the cashews, use less water {2 cups instead of 3}. Other greens like spinach and collards will work in place of the baby kale. This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fennel, chopped into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups curly kale, ribs removed
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 large handfuls baby kale
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread broccoli and fennel evenly on prepared baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast for 20 minutes, flipping broccoli and fennel after 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a large saucepot over medium-low heat, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic and sweat for 3 minutes. Add onion and sweat for 5 minutes more. When broccoli and fennel are done roasting, add them to the saucepan and stir.
  4. Then add in the kale, cashews, water, lemon juice and kale, and generously season with salt and pepper. Simmer mixture for 5 minutes, remove from heat and blend until smooth.
  5. Serve the soup warm with the dukkah on top.

Sunflower Seed Dukkah

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Serves ½ cup

Flat leaf parsley can be substituted in for celery leaves.



  1. Pulse sunflower seeds in a food processor until roughly chopped.
  2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, toast the seeds until browned. Then add the celery leaves, salt and pepper and stir. Sauté for 1 minute more. Set aside until completely cool.

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This post is in partnership with Philly FoodWorks; all opinions are my own.

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17 Responses to "Broccoli Fennel Soup with Sunflower Seed Dukkah"

  1. Reply

    Lisa Belfield

    November 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I would love to win a trial box from Philly Food Works! I have been trolling their instagram site for awhile now and they show some beautiful meals made with their products, would love to try them out!

  2. Reply


    November 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Such a great giveaway! I am gluten-free and mostly grain free and would love to win a beautiful box of local produce from Philly FoodWorks.

  3. Reply

    kristie {birch and wild}

    November 13, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Broccoli and fennel sound like a lovely combination. This might be the soup that makes me like cooked broccoli. It just looks so elegant and fresh.

  4. Reply

    Kari @ Cooking with Toddlers

    November 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Oh this looks so wonderful! Two of my most fav veggies combined. I’ll have to make this ASAP.

  5. Reply


    November 13, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    Now that is how you photograph soup!

  6. Reply

    Amanda Clark

    November 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I would love to win a box from Philly FoodQorks, because I love being inspired to cook by incredible food! Sherrie, you inspire me everyday to eat healthier and live better, and this would further the mission to live well.

  7. Reply

    Jennifer McCracken

    November 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I was so afraid to try making soups until I took your program! In the past month and a half, I have been able to incorporate fresh veggies into my diet at every meal. If I were selected to receive a trial from Philly FoodWorks, I would incorporate even fresher, seasonal vegetables than I currently use (from Giant, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods). It would definitely be a delicious treat.

  8. Reply


    November 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Hooray! Fall is the time to start trying every soup recipe I can get my hands on. Philly Food Works would fill up my pot with delicious options for sure! Thanks Sherrie and PFW.

  9. Reply

    Christine // my natural kitchen

    November 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    This soup looks lovely, I’ve never thought to combine broccoli and fennel but I’m sure they’d be delicious!

  10. Reply

    Holly Stephenson

    November 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Yum, would love to do this! I moved from Nashville to Philly about a year ago and haven’t found a CSA that I love yet. Yay!

  11. Reply

    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    November 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    That soup is beautiful! Loving the color.

  12. Reply

    Sara T

    November 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I would love a box! I need some new inspiration for fall veggie cooking.

  13. Reply

    Isadora @ she likes food

    November 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I still have never had fennel before and I think I really need to change that. This broccoli soup is so beautiful and and I love the combo of broccoli and lemon together. I’ve been eating a lot of soup lately and I think this will be next on my list of soups to make.

  14. Reply

    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    November 14, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    I don’t live in Philly anymore, but I just had to pop over to tell you how lovely this soup looks. Your photos are simply stunning and all this talk of Philly Foodworks is making me sad I didn’t know about it while I lived there!

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    November 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Your recipes are always creative and delicious. And I have to try this soup now!

  16. Reply

    Rubina Tahir

    November 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I would love to win this generous free box of Philly FoodWorks goods! I am new to Philadelphia and love to support local farmers and business.

  17. Reply

    alyssa (everyday maven)

    December 5, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    I loved this soup!

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