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Spring Nettle Soup

Spring Nettle Soup

Submitted by Howard Higgins, co-owner of Greedy Pig Catering.

This is vibrant green, healthy and garlicky - a great soup to make quickly on a weekday evening. It mostly uses store cupboard ingredients and nettles, which if your gardens like ours, are in abundance in spring. Wear gloves! And look for new lighter shoots that appear in late March – May.


2 Garlic cloves - sliced

1 tbsp neutral oil

1 rib celery / half a leek

300ml Boiling water

1 Stock pot (chicken / vegetable / ham)

200g potatoes - peeled and grated

60g frozen spinach

2 (gloved) handfuls of nettle tops

Sour cream (or vegan equivalent) for optional garnish

Celery seeds for optional garnish


  1. Sauté garlic in oil for a minute.
  2. Add celery or leek for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add boiling water and stock pot – be careful it will bubble violently– and mix in.
  4. Add grated potatoes and cook for 10 minutes on fast simmer.
  5. Add Spinach for 2 minutes.
  6. Add nettles and then blend / liquidise – again being careful.
  7. Add more water if too thick.
  8. Then serve with swirl of cream and sprinkling of celery seed.

20 minutes, serves 2, vegan & gluten free

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