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Chilled watercress and spinach soup

message posted 12-May-08 13:54:07

This low-fat soup is brimming with vitamin C, iron and calcium.

2 tbsp olive oil

1 sweet onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 small potato, about 150g, peeled and diced

300g watercress, washed and thicker stalks removed

75-100g baby spinach leaves, plus

a handful to garnish

800ml vegetable or chicken stock

Sea salt and black pepper

Squeeze of lemon juice

3-4 tbsp crème fraîche, to serve (optional)

1 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and potato. Sauté gently, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft but not brown.

2 Add the watercress and spinach, then pour in enough stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. As soon as the spinach and watercress have wilted, remove the pan from the heat.

3 Purée the soup in two batches, using a blender. Pour into a wide bowl and leave to cool completely. Cover with clingfilm and chill for a few hours or overnight.

4 To serve, pour the soup into chilled bowls and garnish with a few baby spinach leaves. Add a small dollop of crème fraîche if you wish, and grind over some pepper.

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