|For the soup|
|⅔ oz||Nettles, (Young, Stinging)|
|1 ¾ oz||Vegan margarine|
|1||Onion (3.9 oz)|
|1||Carrot, raw (2.1 oz)|
|2||Potatoes (6.3 oz)|
|1 ½ liter||Vegan stock (53 oz)|
|1 dash||Salt (0.01 oz)|
|1 dash||Black pepper (0.00 oz)|
|2 ⅔ oz||Soy cream|
For the soup
Rinse the nettles with water and then pat dry.
Heat the vegan margarine in a saucepan on medium heat. Peel the onion and cut the onion and carrots into small cubes. Sweat both in the saucepan until the onions are translucent.
A link to an alternative healthier version of this recipe and our motivation for creating this version can be found directly above the recipe photo.
In the meantime, peel and cube the potatoes and then add to the saucepan. After 1 minute, pour the vegan stock in and let everything simmer for 30 minutes.
Coarsely chop the nettles and add to the saucepan 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
Finely purée the soup with an immersion mixer and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the soy cream to the soup and serve hot.
This nettle and potato soup calls for vegan stock. You can either make homemade stock in advance or purchase a store-bought variety.
Nettles as an ingredient: In this recipe, the author uses nettles as an ingredient. Nettles are a plant that many people usually just think of as being an invasive weed. However, others know that it contains many valuable substances and use it as a medicinal plant. But this ambivalence toward nettles doesn’t change the fact that they are a culinary enrichment for everyone’s diet. The recipe presented here is just one of many delicious examples of dishes that you can use nettles in.
Potato varieties: Since all of the ingredients are puréed before serving, you should decide whether you prefer to use all-purpose or starchy potatoes. The original recipe calls for waxy potatoes.
Picking nettles: If you are picking the nettles yourself, we recommend that you pick primarily young leaves as they taste the best. Protect your hands when picking nettles by using a thick hand towel or wearing gloves.
Adjusting the flavor and consistency: If you want to intensify the typical nettle flavor, you can increase the amount of nettles. And if you want to make the soup thicker, you can reduce the amount of vegetable broth.
Vegetable stock: Vegetable stock is sold in most well-stocked supermarkets, usually in jars or Tetra Pak cartons. However, it is relatively uncomplicated to make your own stock. And with homemade stock, you can adjust the ingredients based on your taste preferences. In addition, we recommend that you make your own since many commercial stocks contain artificial additives and preservatives and are of lower nutritional value. Here is a link to our own recipe: Vegan Stock.
Making homemade soy cream: You can either purchase store-bough soy cream (not readily available in the US) or make your own using our recipe Soy Cream with Canola Oil.