Turnip top soup

Turnip top soup
It may no longer be widely known these days, but the leafy tops of certain root vegetables are edible, so it's a shame to waste them.

Better still, the leaves can be made into interesting accompaniments for their root vegetable, or soups with amazing flavours.

In this recipe, I will show you how to make a soup with turnip and radish leaves.
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Last modified on: April 10th 2019

For 1 litre 500 ml, you will need:

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17 min.25 min.42 min.
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1 or 2 days in the fridge, wrapped in plastic.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1
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Rescue 200 g turnip (or other vegetable) tops.

These might be from turnips and radishes bought for another recipe, or if you go to the market, for example, stall holders will probably give them to you for nothing, as customers generally ask for them to be taken off.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Cut off the stalks and wash like lettuce, then drain.

Set aside.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Peel 2 potatoes and slice.

set aside.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Prepare 2 shallots and chop.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Melt 50 g butter in a large saucepan on medium heat. When it begins to froth, add the chopped shallot, salt and pepper.

Cook for 1 minute without colouring.

Stage 6
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Add the vegetable tops to the pan and stir round until...

Stage 7 - 4 min.
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...they wilt and shrink down into the butter and shallots.

Note: depending on the quantity of leaves, you can do this in batches.

Stage 8 - 1 min.
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Pour in 1 litre 500 ml water and add the potato slices. Salt and pepper again.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
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Simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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Take off the heat and blend, then check the seasoning.

Stage 11
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Your turnip top soup is ready.


The quantity of leaves in this recipe is for guidance only, so use whatever you have to hand.

As soon as they are separated from their roots, these vegetable tops wilt very rapidly, so they should be freshly picked and used quickly. If you need to defer making your soup, cut the tops off the fresh vegetables and seal in a plastic bag with a piece of dampened absorbant paper, then these will keep in the fridge for a day or two.

For more flavour, use vegetable stock instead of water.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
688 Kcal or 2,881 Kj7 gr69 gr42 gr
34 %3 %7 %6 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
32 Kcal or 134 Kj< 1 gr3 gr2 gr
2 %<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).

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