Nettle and green garlic soup
Thursday, 5th January 2017 by Chen
Green garlic soup

You can buy new-season nettles (and green garlic) from Petersons at the farmers' market - or go foraging for your own. They can't sting you once they're cooked. Serves 3-4


1 tbs butter or veg oil

1 small leek, finely chopped

2-3 stalks green garlic, finely sliced

1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces

1 litre vegetable stock

1 bunch nettles, approx 250g

Salt and pepper to taste

Creme fraiche to serve (optional)


In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until foamy (or heat the oil). Add leeks and green garlic, and saute for 5-6 minutes until soft. Add potato and stock and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until potato is tender.

Put on gloves! Remove the nettle leaves from the stem and rinse to clean. Bring a pot of water to the boil, drop the nettle leaves in and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and quickly put the nettles into a bowl of cold water for 30 seconds. Remove and drain again.

When the soup is ready, add the nettle leaves and warm through for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you like, swirl in a spoonful of creme fraiche before serving.