Watercress Soup

Preparation info

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Simply Delicious 2

Simply Delicious 2

By Darina Allen

Published 1990

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  • ozs (45 g/generous ¼ stick) butter
  • 4 ozs (110 g/1 cup) chopped onions
  • 5 ozs (140 g/1 cup) chopped potatoes
  • 8 ozs (225 g/5 cups) chopped watercress
  • 1 pint (600 ml/ cups) water or light home-made chicken stock (Simply Delicious)
  • 1 pint (600 ml/ cups) creamy milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • 2 tablesp. ( cup) whipped cream (optional)
  • watercress leaves


Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. When it foams, add the potatoes and onions and toss them until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and sweat on a gentle heat for 10 minutes. Add the stock and milk, bring to the boil and cook until the potatoes and onions are soft. Add the watercress and boil with the lid off for 4–5 minutes approx. until the watercress is cooked. Do not overcook or the soup will lose its fresh green colour. Purée the soup in a liquidiser or food processor. Taste and correct seasoning.

Serve in warm bowls garnished with a blob of whipped cream and a watercress leaf.