Wild Garlic and Stinging Nettle Soup

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This peppery wild garlic and stinging nettle soup is surprisingly delicious!

 

If you’ve seen my recent recipe post for Vegan Wild Garlic Pesto, you’ll know that foraging is one of our favourite activities at this time of year. Something else that is easy to forage and delicious to use in recipes is nettles. Yes, stinging nettles! I know – I was surprised too, when Ian first introduced me to foraging for nettles. I remember thinking, “People actually eat those?!” And now I do too! #PleasantlySurprised

 

Stinging nettles are actually hugely nutritious and have medicinal benefits too. As long as you take care when picking them and try to go for young nettles that aren’t in flower, you’ll be fine! As well as tasting delicious, they are particularly high in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Nettles are also used for kidney and bladder issues as well as arthritis. Who would have thought that spiky little plant could be so good for you?

 

nettles leaves around a metal spoon on a white background

 

Here’s a simple recipe for using your foraged nettles as well as any wild garlic you may have found: Wild garlic and stinging nettle soup.

 

Wild garlic and stinging nettle soup

 

This easy broth is peppery, yet light and packed full of super nutritious greens – a surefire way to leave the winter blues behind and embrace spring!

 

nettle soup

 

Ingredients (serves 2)

 

  • 1 cup of stinging nettle leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of wild garlic leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup of sliced spring onion
  • 1/2 tsp yeast extract
  • 100g dried rice noodles OR 1 cup rinsed brown rice
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1l water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Method

 

  1. Put the greens and the water into a pan and bring to a gentle boil until all the greens are wilted.
  2. Add the stock, yeast extract and seasoning.
  3. Add the rice noodles and turn off the heat – they’ll soften in the hot broth. If using brown rice, simmer until the rice is cooked.
  4. Swirl over some wild garlic pesto, if desired.

 

Top tips (if there are any)

 

  • Always wash any foraged leaves thoroughly. A hidden aphid is the least of your worries!
  • Wear gloves when foraging for stinging nettles.
  • Don’t pick leaves from flowering nettles!

Have you ever eaten stinging nettle? Let me know in the comments!

 

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