Lovage, Lettuce, Pea And Cucumber Soup

You Will Need:

  • 20g butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few young lovage stalks, chopped
  • 700ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 little gem lettuces, finely shredded
  • 100g peas
  • ½ cucumber, cut into 5mm dice
  • 1 small handful lovage leaves, shredded


A few tablespoons of crème fraîche or thick yoghurt, to finish
Warm the butter in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion, thyme and a pinch of salt, and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the lovage stalks and sauté for a couple of minutes. Pour in the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the veg (keep back some lovage leaves to garnish) and simmer for five minutes. Season and serve with dollops of crème fraîche and a scattering of lovage leaves.

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