Super-green, super-thrifty soup


Super-green, super-thrifty soup
It's all too easy to just throw away the leaves or other green parts of our usual fresh vegetables. This is a real shame, because most of them can be cooked, as in this very green soup that uses up radish tops, spring onion greens and pea pods.

I'm sure you'll get how it's "green" in every sense: economical, simple and a way to reduce waste.
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Last modified on: June 24th 2020

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33 min.20 min.53 min.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
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Rinse all the vegetable tops you have saved.

Here I am using radish tops, pea pods and the green part of a spring onion.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Peel, rinse and slice 2 potatoes, but do not rinse again, as we'll make use of the starch on the slices as a natural thickener for the soup.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Slice the white part of 1 spring onion (scallion).

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Melt 50 g butter in a large saucepan on high heat.

When frothing, add the white of the spring onion, salt, pepper and cook for 1 minute without colouring.

Add the radish and spring onion tops and cook for a further minute while stirring.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Add the pea pods...

Stage 6 - 2 min.
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...and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
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Add 1 litre 500 ml water...

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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...then the potatoes.

Stage 9 - 15 min.
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Cook until the potatoes are tender.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
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Give a good blast with a blender, then check the seasoning.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
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Pass the soup through a sieve, as the pea pods tend to be a bit fibrous.

Stage 12
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Your soup is ready.
Remarks
You can use almost any vegetable tops for this recipe. Here at home, depending on what's around, we'll use carrot tops, beetroot leaves, chard stalks...

In stage 8 you can add a stock cube for more flavour.
Keeping
A few days in the fridge in a sealed bottle.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
693 Kcal or 2,901 Kj9 gr72 gr42 gr
35 %4 %7 %6 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
29 Kcal or 121 Kj< 1 gr3 gr2 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %<1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 2 litres : 0.82 €

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Source
Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Naan, Classic French white bread, Rabbit civet "à la normande", Provençal braised carrots, Quince compote, ... All
Turnip (or other vegetable) topsTurnip (or other vegetable) tops: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: The strange gratin, Polenta with beetroot tops, Carrot-top pesto, Tenderloin steak with beetroot tops and mushrooms, Turnip top soup, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate mug cake, Croque-monsieur gourmand, Nanou's apple and almond cake, Mussels marinière, Dublin fruit scones, ... All
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Piedmont salad, Smoky potato and potimarron gratin, Grandma's salad, Sorrel soup, Endives "bonne femme", ... All
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