Watercress Bisque – Recipe

There’s something about fresh watercress that is just absolutely divine. It’s also loaded with immune-enhancing vitamin-C and its spicy green flavor combines beautifully with potatoes and herbs in this recipe to produce a dairy-free soup that is rich-tasting without being high in fat.

Pretty and elegant, a perfect creamy spring soup.

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly-ground yellow mustard seeds (1 teaspoon whole)
4 cups watercress leaves
4 cloves garlic, crushed into a paste
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, finely crumbled
1 teaspoon dried marjoram, finely crumbled
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup peeled potato chunks, simmered in water to cover until tender and drained
1 tablespoon mellow (light-colored) miso (a fermented soy paste available in the refrigerator section of your natural foods store)
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground mustard seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the seeds pop, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the watercress, garlic, tarragon, marjoram, nutmeg and pepper and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

2. Carefully transfer the cooked watercress mixture to a blender, add the remaining ingredients, and process until smooth, holding down the blender cover with a towel at first to prevent eruptions. Reheat gently if necessary.

Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from The W/ild Vegetarian Cookbook by "Wildman" Steve Brill (Harvard Common Press, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Steve Brill. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from The W/ild Vegetarian Cookbook by "Wildman" Steve Brill (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

8 comments

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago

yum

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

The recipe sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

Charlene S.
Charla D.5 years ago

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a non-dairy recipe.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Thanks.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Nona E.
Nona E.6 years ago

Sounds wonderful...thanks.

Nona E.
Nona E.6 years ago

Sounds wonderful...thanks.

Mervi R.
Mervi R.6 years ago

Lovely, thanks!