nettle soup with spring herbs

Nettle soup with spring herbs

As mentioned in my food memory article the first crop from my new allotment is definitely nettles.  In my own garden over the years they have caused my first spring song of oaths and curses as I clear them from under the roses or catch my wrist against them while picking daffodils. How nice them to put on my rubber gloves, pull their heads off and put them in a soup. I like to throw in some sorrel, chard, watercress, spinach or the outside leaves from a lettuce if I have any of these. If you don’t just stick with the unadulterated nettle.

Also – Sorrel – “Sorrel seems to me the hardiest herb”…..

1 small carrier bag or bucket of nettle heads

A couple of handfuls of your spring herbs (sorrel?)

About 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 litres of stock

Juice of a lemon

2 onions

4 cloves of garlic – crushed

Large knob of butter

300ml (1/2pt double cream)

Nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Melt the butter and gently seat the onion and garlic with some salt. When soft add the potatoes, nettles and other leaves if using. Cook for another few minutes with the lid on before adding the stock. Simmer for fifteen minutes then add the lemon before blitzing in a liquidizer or by using a hand blender. Stir in the cream and grate in some nutmeg and a few turns of black pepper.



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