Friday, April 23, 2010

Nettle Greens Soup

It seems to me that this year is the year of the nettle.
I have never seen so many people embracing the gifts of the stinging plant with such excitement. Nettle soup, nettle smoothies, nettle're writing about nettles on blogs, in magazines, and just chatting about it to friends. I love it!

This year I've been cutting nettles to share with friends and even digging it up for others to start their own patch. And there's plenty to go around. Over the years our nettle patch has gotten huge...

Around here we've been enjoying nettles in our daily smoothies and sometimes as a cooked green with dinner. I've written already about why we use nettles and how I harvest it. So now I'll just share another nettle recipe. I made this mildly spicy soup with the expectation that Ed and I would be the only ones to eat it, but Rainer surprised me by eating two bowls! Enjoy...

Nettle Greens Soup

1/2 onion
1 leek
4 cloves garlic
2 cups dices potatoes
2 cups chopped cauliflower
1 cup celery
large bunch nettles
1 1/2 quarts vegetable stock
2-3 cups nut/seed milk
handful garlic mustard greens
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
pepper to taste
1/4 cup nutritional yeast

Saute onions, leeks and garlic (I usually saute in water to avoid heating oils). Add stock, potatoes, cauliflower, celery, and nettles. Simmer for until potatoes are soft. Turn off heat and stir in nut/seed milk, garlic mustard greens, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Blend together, then stir in the nutritional yeast. Garnish with garlic mustard flowers before serving for a little spicy bite.


  1. How exciting April. I'll be visiting here often. Glad you are keeping up with Flow of Love. It's so lovley to watch your family grow. -Debbie

  2. this soup looks so delicious to me right now...I love the flower petal garnish. I am very excited to follow you here.

  3. What a pretty site! I'll put it on my desktop and my blog list. I'm happy you'll be keeping up Flow of Love, too. I read often 'though I don't always comment.

  4. I am so excited for this new space of yours and the opportunity to reap from your abundant knowledge of herbs! We will so be making this soup soon!! Because I agree the nettle plant has really been pulling people to it this spring. Bella recently fell into a patch. And I will put in an order for some nettle plants please!


  5. That sounds yummy - I love the new blog!

  6. Love the new herbal blog. I can't wait to read more. I must try this recipe.


  7. This is sooo good! I literally just finished posting on my own blog ( about a nettle forage I did today and then here I am, looking at your delicious recipes! Synchronicity works in wondrous ways! I'll be back for more.

  8. I have two huge boxes of nettle just picked yesterday so I am so pleased to come across your soup recipe. Must try it. Thank you.