Pure Watercress Soup

Watercress soup or the French ‘soupe de cresson,’ is an old-fashioned but traditional recipe. The peppery-tasting watercress is a budget friendly ingredient with many health benefits. 

watercress soup

Watercress, an aquatic plant with bright green leaves grown in running water. It was previously considered a weed and was first cultivated in the UK in the early 1800’s and is now grown in watery beds throughout the world. The plant is part of the same family of vegetables which include kale, brussels sprouts and cabbage.


The raw leaves have a strong peppery taste, but when cooked, their flavour is mild. Watercress is rich in vitamins C and K, and while it supports your immune system, it might also help with healing from injuries. However, most nutritional benefits are extracted when eaten raw or lightly steamed.

watercress soup ingredients

Best way to select watercress?

For today’s soup we use bunches of fresh watercress with onions, leeks and chicken stock as main ingredients. The leaves of the watercress should be crisp, dark green and without blemishes. Avoid watercress with flowers as it might taste bitter. 

Stems and leaves can be boiled together, but we prefer to cook them separately and blanch the leaves to retain their bright green colour.

watercress soup

Watercress Soup

The peppery-tasting watercress is a budget friendly ingredient with many health benefits.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Belgian, French
Servings 4 people
Calories 174 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Table blender
food processor
Colander
Strainer

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Use scissors to cut the watercress leaves from the stems and keep separately.
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Prepare the soup base

  • Melt the butter in a large soup pot over a medium low heat and sweat the onions and leeks for 3-4 minutes.
    sweating onions
  • Add the chicken stock and water and bring to the boil.
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  • Add the watercress stems to the pot and boil until soft and tender.
    watercress boiling
  • When the watercress stems are cooked, blend the soup in small batches. Pass the soup through a sieve and discard the fibres.
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  • Bring the soup back to the stove and boil to reduce.

Prepare the leaves

  • Bring a large amount of salted water to the boil.
    Blanch the watercress leaves for 3-4 minutes or until soft and tender.
    watercress boiling
  • Transfer the boiled watercress leaves into iced water to cut the cooking process and keep them green. Drain the leaves and squeeze out the water.
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  • Food process the watercress leaves to a puree.
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Finish the soup

  • Whisk the watercress puree into the watercress soup base and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
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  • Thicken the soup with a little corn starch and garnish with cream just before serving. Season to taste.
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Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 13gFat: 8gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 366mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 12658IUVitamin C: 168mgCalcium: 497mgIron: 2mg
Keyword leafy greens, watercress
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One Comment

  1. Looks easy enough for me to try. Thanks for the recipe.

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