Lovage Soup

Lovage soup with potato, lettuce and peas

The addition of lovage lifts this simple soup to a whole new level.

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
750 g potatoes (about 5-6 medium), peeled and cubed
750 ml vegetable or chicken stock
500 ml milk
½ cup frozen peas
1 small lettuce, shredded
1 handful lovage leaves
Salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion, heating until soft. Add the potatoes and stock and simmer until the potatoes are soft. Add the lovage, keeping some back for garnish. Blend the soup until smooth and creamy and then add the milk. In the saucepan wilt the lettuce and then add the peas, pour over the soup, and heat gently without boiling. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with lovage leaves

The Gardener