Food & Craft

Herb & Potato Soup


  • 2oz butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1lb fresh herbs such as watercress, parsley, chervil, marjoram or lovage
  • 1lb potatoes, peeled, diced and rinsed
  • 2 pints vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

I was a bit suspicious on seeing this recipe for the first time, but having tried it I was bowled over by the flavours. Pick a tasty potato that can compete with the herbs.

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Serves: 6


  1. Melt the butter and gently soften the onion without browning.

  2. Roughly chop the herbs and stir into the onion with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cover and sweat for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the potatoes and 1/2 pint of the stock, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Add the remainder of the stock and simmer for another 5 minutes, until the potato can be mashed into the soup.

  5. Stir well, taste for seasoning and serve.

Serve with fresh bread and butter, or herby croutons if you're feeling particularly herby.

Further Reading

Flour Water Salt Yeast

Flour Water Salt Yeast Ken Forkish

Soup for All Occasions

Soup for All Occasions New Covent Garden Soup Company

Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own

Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own Andrew Whitley

River Cottage Veg Every Day!

River Cottage Veg Every Day! Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The Forager's Kitchen

The Forager's Kitchen Fiona Bird


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