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Stinging Nettle Soup with Crispy Bacon

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2-3 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced white or sweet potato
  • 1/3 medium head of cauliflower, broken up
  • 1/2 medium head of broccoli, broken up
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups of stinging nettles (a bunch of 78 large stems with leaves)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 45 thyme sprigs, leaves only
  • 34 bacon rashers, diced
  • 1/2 cup cream or coconut cream (regular cream can also be used)
  • some edible flowers and lemon zest for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, sweet potato potato, cauliflower and broccoli and sauté on medium heat for 6-7 minutes, until lightly softened. Add the garlic, bay leaf, lemon zest, vegetable stock, mustard, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes until all vegetables are soft.
  2. In the meantime, boil some water and pour it over the stinging nettles. This will take most of the sting off. Using scissors, cut off the leaves, rinse and set aside. After 10 minutes of cooking, add the nettle leaves to the soup and cook for 1-2 minutes, until wilted. Add lemon juice and stir.
  3. Puree in batches for a good minute or two, until smooth. Transfer back to the saucepan and add the coconut cream and fresh thyme. Stir over low heat for a minute and taste for salt and lemon.
  4. Lastly, pan fry the bacon and serve with the soup.

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