Stinging Nettle Soup

Nettle soup with homemade bread
NOTE: Collect nettles between March and the beginning of June. After this the nettles become bitter and can also have a laxative effect when eaten. Only use the top six leaves and remove any hard stalks.


    200g nettle tops washed and hard stems removed
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 small potato peeled and diced (approx 150g)
    900ml chicken or vegetable stock
    Butter or oil for frying
    Salt and pepper


    • In a suitable saucepan fry the onions in the butter or oil for 5-6mins being careful not to let them brown.
    • Add the diced potato and continue frying for another 5 mins
    • Add the nettle tops and cook fro 3 or 4 minutes until wilted.
    • Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, half cover the pan and simmer for 25 minutes.
    • Season and when slightly cooled blitz to smooth consistency.
    • Serve with a swirl of cream.