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Potage au Cresson (French Watercress Soup)

ingredients

serves 6
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
600 g potatoes, diced
300 g watercress, chopped
100 ml water
1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

method

1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and potato over a medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Add the watercress (keep a little back to use for garnish) and water and cook for 5 minutes until the watercress wilts.

2. Add the stock, seasoning and nutmeg, bring to the boil and gently simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Blend with a hand-held blender until smooth. Check the seasoning, scatter with the reserved watercress and serve at once.

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