Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Hello again!
It looks like I'm going to spend my day in
Camden tomorrow so I won't be able to blog
about the nettle soup I had for lunch.
It was very nice actually.

Stinging nettle has a flavour similar to spinach
when cooked and is rich in vitamins A, C, D, iron,
potassium, manganese, and calcium.

Don't worry - they don't sting when cooked!

Here's my own recipe, it's spicy and very frugal.

½ carrier bag full of nettles, tops or young leaves
1 large or 2 medium onions
4 garlic cloves
3 vegetable stock cubes
Cracked black pepper
Sunflower/Vegetable/Olive oil

How to make the soup:

Pick the nettles.
Don't gather them beside a busy road where they
will have been contaminated by traffic fumes.
Most important, don't forget the gloves!
I used my washing up gloves and a pair of scissors
and the job was done in no time.

Wash them thoroughly.

Discard only the tougher stalks, as the soup will be

Chop the onion and mince the garlic.

Put a dash of oil in a large pan and sweat the onion
and garlic until soft but not brown.

Add water and the stock cubes and pile in the nettles.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until
the nettles are tender. Season with black pepper.

Purée the soup in a liquidiser (you will probably have
to do this in 2 batches).
You don't have to use all the liquid you were cooking
the nettles in, I only used half of it, otherwise it might
be very thin and I wanted mine creamy.

Check the seasoning and serve warm.



the freelancer's fashionblog said...

har du nånsin tetat nässel-pesto? Jag har funderat på att plocka nässlor år efter år men alridg kommit för mig. Äsch.

SoKahl said...

Frugan gör en grym nässelpesto! Soppan såg fin ut!
Jag älskar nässelsoppa med gräddfill och ägg! Holynettlesoup Batman!

Little Rascal said...

Ulrika: Inte annu, det ar ett projekt for nasta helg.
OK, att plocka nasslor var ett utmarkt satt att trana innanlaren och rumpan, de gor fortfarande ont efter 3 dagar, kanner du dig mer manad nu da? ;)

SoKahl: Jag har tankt att testa det till helgen. Tyvarr har jag inte hittat nan vegansk version sa det far bli min karls uppgift att ata den. :P

Izzi said...

this sounds yummy!
so does the sting get destroyed during cooking? your recipes always look so healthy yet tasty!!

Sarah said...

I've always wanted to make some.. Thanks for the recipe :)

Chinese Junk said...

Today i prepared the recipe for oatmeal you posted some time ago.
It was awesome!!! i have been looking for a good way of preaparing my own cereals since forever
thanks darling! :)