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  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and cubed
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


In a large saucepan, saute fennel seed in butter for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add the carrots, sweet potato and apple; saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, rice, curry powder and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until rice and vegetables are very tender.

Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Discard bay leaf. In a blender or food processor, process soup in batches until pureed. Return to saucepan. Stir in the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley.