Nettle soup

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Make this easy nettle soup recipe – perfect for a light lunch.

Nettle soup served with fresh cream

Don’t forget to put gloves on before you pick nettles. Once cooked nettles thankfully lose their sting and have a light spinach flavour. Thanks to the abundance of nettles in the countryside, this soup is incredibly cheap to make.



  • Fresh nettles 500g, Wear gloves while picking, washing and handling while fresh
  • Onion 1, diced
  • Butter 50g
  • Carrot 1, chopped
  • Celery sticks 2, chopped
  • Garlic cloves 2
  • Potato 1 large, cooked and diced
  • Vegetable stock 1 litre
  • Double cream 40ml, or crème fraîche


  • Step 1

    Wearing gloves, pick over the nettles and wash them carefully and thoroughly in hot water, discarding the tougher stalks.

    Cutting stinging nettles
    Wear protective gloves to avoid a nasty sting (Getty)
  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in a large pan and fry the onion, carrot, celery and garlic until soft. Add the vegetable stock and cooked potato and simmer until cooked – approximately, 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add the nettles and boil for a couple of minutes until the nettles have wilted. Whizz in a blender with the double cream and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve with a chuck of fresh bread.