Springtime soup with Jersey Royals, peas, asparagus and salsa verde

Try this healthy soup packed with spring veg and flavoured with a fresh herby salsa. Go with the langoustines and sourdough to take it to another level, or leave them out and keep it simple.

Ingredients

For the soup
  • 500ml/18fl oz fresh chicken stock
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 100g/3½oz broccoli or purple sprouting broccoli, florets
  • 100g/3½oz peas, podded
  • 100g/3½oz asparagus, chopped
  • 100g/3½oz radishes, cut in half
  • 200g/7oz Jersey Royals, washed and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 cooked langoustines, peeled
For the salsa verde
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chervil
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
To serve
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 slices sourdough bread

Preparation method

  1. For the soup, heat the chicken stock in a saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a sauté pan and, once hot, add the spring onions and cook for a couple of minutes.

  3. Add the rest of the vegetables and cook for a further minute. Add the hot stock and cook for a couple of minutes until the vegetables are cooked.

  4. Heat a frying pan and add the two tablespoons of butter. Once hot, add the langoustine and cook for a couple of minutes each side.

  5. Just before serving, drop the langoustines in the soup.

  6. To make the salsa verde, place the shallot, garlic, herbs and lemon zest in blender and blend with the oil.

  7. Heat a griddle pan to hot. Drizzle the bread with oil and place the sliced sourdough bread onto a hot griddle pan and cook either side until bar marks appear.

  8. To serve, ladle the springtime soup into a shallow serving bowl and stir in the salsa verde before serving with the bread.

James Martin Recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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