Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettle Soup....so intensely delicious

This is my all time favorite soup.
2 Tbsp. butter, divided
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

1 lb. potatoes, peeled and chopped

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth (best when made from farm fresh chicken bones)

1/2 lb. stinging nettles

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy cream from raw milk

In a large pot, melt 1 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
Add potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer and cook 15 minutes.
Add nettles and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 T. butter, pepper, and nutmeg.
Puree soup with an immersion blender or in a blender or food processor in batches.  Can sieve if you want a smoother broth. Stir in cream, if using. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if you like.  I love adding other wild surprises into the kettle as I have them on hand.  Sweet and Sour Burdock root adds a nice crunch factor and chopped Milkweed shoots taste like asparagus.  To read more about Nettle and this soup check out my blog:

http://wildblessings.com/2011/05/02/stinging-nettles-score/
Nutrition Facts

Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Nettle is one of our most nutritious plants. Nettle contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, chromium, and zinc.