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Nettle soup with pignuts and goats curd toast
Nettle soup with pignuts and goats curd toast
added by Three Go Mad

As seen on the first episode of River Cottage: Three Go Mad shown on Channel 4 in July 2012.

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Prep time
  • 10 minutes
Cook Time
  • 40 minutes
  • Serves 12
  • For the soup:
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ large celeriac, peeled and cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 litres vegetable stock
  • 2 carrier bagfuls of stinging nettle tops, or fresh-looking larger leaves, washed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To finish the soup:
  • 1 handful pignuts, cleaned and scraped clean
  • 4 slices of country loaf or sourdough
  • 250g goats curd
  • Olive oil
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Heat a large heavy based pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter (about 30g) and a good glug of olive oil. Once the butter is melted add the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add the celeriac and potato, stir to mix well with the onion, season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and add the bay leaves. Leave to sweat for 5 minutes until the onions are softened.

Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until the potato and celeriac are softened. Once softened, remove the bay leaves.

Add the nettles, wilt for 3-4 minutes until they are all collapsed. You may need to add these slowly waiting for the nettles in the pan to wilt before you have room to add the next batch. Remove from the heat and transfer the soup in batches to a jug blender, blending until completely smooth.

Meanwhile heat a griddle pan until hot. Drizzle the slices of bread with olive oil and toast on the griddle pan for 2-3 minutes on either side until golden and lightly charred.

Slice the pignuts about 3mm thick. Heat a knob of butter in a small frying pan over a medium heat and saute the pig nuts for 1 -2 minutes.

Pour the soup back in the cleaned out large saucepan and gently reheat. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

To serve, slice the toasts into three diagonally. Spread with goats curd, season with a little pepper. Divide the soup between warmed bowls. Place the goats curd toasts on top of the soup, dot around the pignuts and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.


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Just finished watching this episode, fantastic and I'm inspired to make the all the recipes. Just one question on the nettle soup, where do you get pig nuts apart from Hugh's field...?

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