Heat a soup pot over medium heat, add oil and add the fennel, onion and garlic. Cook for approximately 5 minutes until the onions soften and become a bit translucent.
Add the carrots and sweet potato; stir to coat both with oil. Add the coriander, paprika and a pinch of salt. Give everything a little stir.
Add the vegetable stock and raise the heat to high until the soup begins to boil.
Immediately lower the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. At this time the vegetables will be tender.
WHILE THE SOUP IS SIMMERING, toast the fennel seeds in a small pan over low heat. A good way to keep them from burning is to gently shake the pan while they are cooking.
Remove and reserve for garnishing the soup as shown in the photo.
When the soup is done simmering, it’s time to puree.
When the soup is smooth, carefully give it a taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
Ladle some soup into your favorite soup bowls, sprinkle some of the toasted fennel seeds on top and serve this tasty soup with some fresh made bread.