Stinging Nettle Soup Recipe

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Making soup from stinging nettles is really easy to do. Make it as part of your homeschool cooking for an educational experience.

This recipe is tasty - the only soup my homemade soup hating son will eat!

stinging nettle plant

When collecting nettles, only collect the young leaves at the tips of the plants. Don't collect from plants near busy roads as they will have absorbed the car fumes. Make sure you have identified the nettles properly (you don't want to be cooking something poisonous).

And don't forget your gardening gloves!

Soup Recipe

  • 225g young nettle shoots - washed carefully. You can substitute spinach.
  • 100g butter.
  • 450g onions, sliced - that is about 4 medium sized ones.
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped.
  • 1.5 litres of vegetable or chicken stock.
  • Salt/pepper.
  • Creme fraiche to serve.
  • Using a large pan, fry the onions in the butter on a low heat. Add the garlic for 2 minutes.

    Add the nettles and stock. You may need to add the nettles in batches, but they will reduce and make more space in the pan. Boil gently for 5 minutes.

    Puree, season and re-heat. Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or cream.


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