Lovage, Potato & Buttermilk Soup

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READY IN: 35mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 12
    ounces finely chopped onions
  • 10
    ounces coarsely grated raw potatoes
  • fresh young lovage, leaves
  • 1 14
    pints chicken stock or 1 1/4 pints vegetable stock
  • 12
    pint buttermilk, more if desired
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DIRECTIONS

  • Put the onion into a heavy-based saucepan.
  • Add the stock and bring to boiling point very slowly so the onion begins to soften a little.
  • Meanwhile coarsely chop a small handful (5 or so tablespoons) of lovage.
  • Add the potato and herbs to the pan and pour on 1/2 pint buttermilk.
  • Increase the heat very slightly and bring the mixture to a bare simmer.
  • Stir vigorously all the while as the potato starch will thicken the soup, which may stick to the pan base.
  • Half-cover the pan and reduce heat as low as possible once again.
  • Cook very gently indeed, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are perfectly tender.
  • Whizz the contents of the pan to a smooth puree.
  • Season with salt and pepper and with extra lovage if you like.
  • Whizz again and thin to taste with a little more stock or buttermilk.
  • Reheat gently or chill thoroughly before serving, then garnish with a swirl of buttermilk and a small piece of chopped fresh lovage.
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