Total Time
1hr 12mins
Prep 12 mins
Cook 1 hr

I was so surprised when I found this recipe. It's made with fresh green beans, and uses potatoes to thicken it instead of flour or cornstarch. I especially like the tarragon in this soup. If it gets too thick, use the larger amount of whipping cream. To save calories, I like to use fat-free half and half. This was in a box of my mother's clipped recipes. I don't know where she clipped it from....looked like magazine paper to me.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute the green onions, shallot and garlic in the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until tender. Set aside.
  2. Cook the diced potatoes in boiling water to cover for 15 minutes, or until tender (depends on how small you diced them); drain well, and set aside.
  3. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add green beans, and cook 30 to 35 minutes or until tender. Add the reserved green onions and potato; stir well.
  4. Transfer half of the green bean mixture to the container of an electric blender; cover and process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down the sides. Repeat the procedure with the remaining green bean mixture. (Sometimes I like to use my immersion blender, leaving some of the pieces whole). Return the pureed mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; stir in whipping cream or half and half, lemon juice, and tarragon. Cook until thoroughly heated. Serve, and sprinkle with black pepper.
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5 5

This soup is delicious! We had a massive glut of green beans this year and had searched for some recipes to use them up. I made a batch which supplied about six generous servings and it was so good I gave some to my neighbours. They were incredibly impressed with it so I handed the recipe on.

5 5

One of the best soup I made in a while. This would be perfect with guests during the holidays. I also steamed the potatoes while doing the other steps. I used half and half cream. The lemon juice is a great addition. Thanks Breezermom :) Made for Photo tag game

5 5

Although I pretty much followed the listed ingredient & amounts for half a batch of this soup, I did steam the diced potatoes instead of boiling them! I also used unsalted butter & seasoned the soup with lemon pepper instead of just the pepper! A very nice soup was made from your recipe, & your posting it is much appreciated ~ Definitely a keeper! [Made & reviewed in Newest Zaar Tag]