Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Introducing more diversity into your diet is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment. Foraged food is a perfect way to bring natural harmony to your diet. You end up eating seasonally and help to decrease the demand for large scale farming. And on top of that it is free!! 
Spring is a fantastic season for foraging as there is such an abundance of fresh new leaves bursting forth.
This recipe is from one of our favourite foragers, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who has championed the art of foraging for years.
Stinging nettles are everywhere so grab some gloves and get harvesting for this healthy, spring-time recipe.
  • Around 150g nettle tops
  • 30-35g knob of butter
  • 1 onion, peeled chopped
  • 1 large or 2 smallish leeks, trimmed, washed and finely sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp white rice, such as basmati
  • 1 litre vegetable (or chicken) stock
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 heaped tbsp thick, plain yoghurt, to finish
  • 1 small bunch chives, to finish




  • Pick over the nettles, wash them thoroughly and discard the tougher stalks.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-low heat, add the onion, leek, celery and garlic, cover and sweat gently for 10 minutes, stirring a few times, until soft but not brown.
  • Add the rice and stock, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the nettles, stirring them into the stock as they wilt, and simmer for five minutes or so, until the rice and the nettles are tender (very young nettle tops will need only two to three minutes).
  • Season with plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Purée the soup in two batches, reheat if necessary and check the seasoning.
  • Serve in warmed bowls, topping each portion with a large dollop of yoghurt and a generous sprinkling of snipped chives.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published


What do stags do in summer?

What do stags do in summer?

Our little stag is well-known in the winter, popping up all over...
May 02, 2019
Sustainable summer products

Sustainable summer products

Join us a Coppet for the launch of our exciting range of sustainable...
Apr 29, 2019
Notre voyage en Grèce

Notre voyage en Grèce

 Cette semaine nous avons sauté dans un bateau en Grèce pour faire...
Oct 27, 2018
Old Town

Old Town

Come on a journey with Tallis and discover the secrets of Geneva...
Oct 18, 2018
New York

New York

There is always a different way to see things, life is all...
Oct 10, 2018
We went to Greece

We went to Greece

This week we jumped on a boat to Greece to show the world...
Sep 07, 2018
Our Geneva based showroom is open!

Our Geneva based showroom is open!

We're open for business!  Our new showroom and workshop is officially OPEN!...
Apr 06, 2018

Notre showroom genevois est ouvert!

  Nous avons ouvert!  Notre nouveau showroom et atelier est officiellement OUVERT!...
Mar 23, 2018

La boutique Tallis à Genève

  Adresse Vous pouvez venir découvrir notre showroom et atelier Docteur Alfred-Vincent...
Mar 23, 2018
Tallis Store in Geneva

Tallis Store in Geneva

Address You can visit our showroom and atelier at 10 Rue Docteur Alfred-Vincent, 1201 Geneva....
Mar 07, 2018