This is a tasty variety to the original nettle soup. Nettles are very healthy indeed and what way better than to weed your garden and have a free meal in the process?? One note of caution: nettles are quiet easily identified, but make sure you know what you're picking is nettle and ground elder!
A tasty soup for the adventurous! Don’t throw away weeds, eat them!

Nettle & Ground Elder Soup
Nettle & Ground Elder Soup


Wash the nettle and ground elder wearing rubber gloves (marigolds).

Melt the butter in a tall pan. Add the chopped onions, (wild) garlic and soften for around 2 minutes.
Add the chopped potatoes and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the nettle and ground elder (still wearing gloves!) and the stock.
Bring to a boil and boil for around 15-20 minutes, the nettle loose their sting when you pour boiling water over them.

Fry the pine nuts in a dry frying pan until slightly browned.
Grate the parmesan cheese.

Add the creme fraiche and puree until you have a smooth, green soup.

Serve with the pine nuts and parmesan on top.

Ground elder was introduced by the Romans as a vegetable, but we kinda lost how tasty it is. I'm always looking forward to spring, when I can start picking fresh 'weeds' from the garden to use in cooking.
Nettle is super healthy, containing high levels of protein (for a vegetable), vitamin A and calcium. 

Both nettle and ground elder can have a cleansing effect on the body, especially after a long, dark winter!

Caution: When picking nettles and ground elder be absolutely certain you get the right plant and don't have other weeds in between. 



  • 1/2 small plastic bag ground elder
  • 1/2 small plastic bag nettle tops
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • (wild) garlic to taste
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1ltr bouillon
  • 200g creme fraiche
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 50g parmesan cheese